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Fishing in the mist at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Flooding at Kerr Lake   

Kerr Lake is flooded from the heavy rain that fell in the Roanoake River Basin a little over a week ago.  It reached  315.26' on 5/28/2020, which is about 13' above normal, and is now falling slowly.   All Kerr Lake areas have campsites that are impacted.   Reservation holders on closed sites are being notified by the reservation company and will get a full refund.  The bridges on Anderson Creek Rd., Jacksontown Rd. are also flooded and closed.

The facilities below are closed due to flooding.  ALL BOAT RAMPS ON THE NORTH CAROLINA PORTION OF KERR LAKE ARE FLOODED AND CLOSED.   All swim beaches, picnic areas, community buildings, picnic shelters and group areas are still closed due to Covid-19.

At this time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp at Island Creek and Boat Ramp #1 at Occoneechee State Park in Clarksville Va. are open.

Henderson Point
All facilities are closed

Hibernia
All facilities are closed

Nutbush

Nutbush Area 1 Campground is closed
Nutbush Area 3 Campground: 51-61, 85-88, 92-95, 100-102, 105-109 and H-2 are closed
Area 1 Boat Ramp
Area 2 Boat Ramp
Area 3 Boat Ramp

JC Cooper Campground
1-79, 85-87
J. C. Cooper Campground Boat Ramp

Bullocksville
All facilities are closed

County Line
All facilities are closed

Kimball Point
All facilities are closed

This alert will be updated as conditions change.  Hourly lake level information can be found at: http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/roa05.htm.  

 Last updated on: Monday, June 1, 2020

Status of facilities as of May 22   

North Carolina State Parks began phase 2 of reopening on 5/22. However, the number of the Kerr Lake SRA accesses reopened had to be reduced due to flooding and all campgrounds that are open have some campsites that are flooded and closed. In addition, many boat ramps are likely to flood over Memorial Day Weekend.

PHASE TWO (May 22) Reopen the following: County Line campsites 1-71; Hibernia campground areas 1 and 2, trail and campground boat ramp; JC Cooper campground areas 1 and 2; Kimball Point area 1 and 2 and boat ramp; Nutbush Bridge campground area 1 and area 3 and the area 3 boat ramp. All camping by reservation only. No first-come, first-serve camping. Shower houses will be available but smaller restrooms may be closed. Cleaning the shower houses will take longer than normal due to disinfecting procedures. Trash cans will not be available at the campsites, so campers will have to take their own trash to the dumpsters.

The Bullocksville campground, boat ramp, and trail were scheduled to open but remain closed due to flooding.

The Henderson Point campground was scheduled to open but remains closed due to flooding.

See the “Flooding at Kerr Lake” alert for more information on the flood.

During phase two, there will be no day-use facilities open including: picnic areas, shelters, community buildings, and swim beaches, and areas with these facilities will be closed to the public. Group camping areas and the park office will also remain closed.

PHASE THREE (tentative date undetermined) reopen all facilities that have been closed to this point.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 22, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Kerr Lake State Recreation Area


Contact
 

252-438-7791

kerr.lake@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses and hours
 

Click each access below to view its address and its operating schedule and hours for day-use, boat ramp and/or campground facilities.

 

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Address

6254 Satterwhite Point Road
Henderson, NC 27537

GPS: 36.4411, -78.3688

 

Day-use area

  • open year-round
     
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day

 

Visitor center

  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day

     

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Address

20 Shoreline Lane
Henderson, NC 27537

GPS: 36.4411, -78.3688

 

Campground

  • open year-round with 24-hour gate access
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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Address

3050 Bullocksville Park Rd
Manson, NC 27553

GPS: 36.4577, -78.3631

 

Day-use area

  • open year-round
     
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day

Boat ramp

  • open year-round and follow day-use hours listed above

 

Campground

  • Operating season schedule
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • Please note: Campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.
     

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Address

200 County Line Park Road
Manson, NC 27553

GPS: 36.5247, -78.3163

 

Boat ramp

  • open year-round with 24-hour access

 

Campground

  • Operating season schedule
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • Please note: Campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.

 

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Address

1427 Reverend Henderson Rd
Henderson, NC 27537

GPS: 36.5312, -78.3461

 

Shelter 1

  • open year-round
     
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day

 

Shelter 2 and 3 and
community building

  • open late March to early October and follow day-use hours listed above
     
  • year-round access for rentals
     
  • Closed Christmas Day

 

Boat ramp

  • open year-round with 24-hour access.

 

Campground

  • Operating season schedule
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • Please note: Campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.
     

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Address

2041 Hibernia Road
Henderson, NC 27537

GPS: 36.5047, -78.3761

 

Day-use area

  • open late March to early October
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm

 

Boat ramp

  • open year-round with 24-hour access

 

Campground

  • Operating season schedule
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Please note: Campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.

 

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Address

460 Kimball Point Road
Manson, NC 27553

GPS: 36.5367, -78.3099

 

Day-use area

  • open late March to early October
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm

 

Boat ramp

  • open late March to early October and follow day-use hours listed above.

 

Campground

  • Operating season schedule
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • Please note: Campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.

 

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Addresses

North entrance
115 Jack Wade Farm Lane
Henderson, NC 27537

South entrance
135 Jack Wade Farm Lane
Henderson, NC 27537

GPS: 36.4100, -78.3991

 

Day-use area

  • open late March to early October
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm

 

Boat ramp

  • open year-round with 24-hour access

 

Campground

  • open year-round with 24-hour gate access
     
  • Closed on Christmas Day
     

Operating season
 

►    2019 Schedule
 


 

 

 

Additional information

In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.

Entrance Fees

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area charges for entry in the summer months, to supplement operational costs and help maintain and improve the areas for visitors. The per-car fee is charged daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on weekends in April, May and September. Annual pass holders are entitled to an unlimited number of visits without paying the admission fee.

  • Car: $7 per day.
  • Senior Citizen (62 or older): $5 per day.
  • Bus or van: $20 per day.
  • Annual Pass: $90

You can purchase the annual pass at the park offices. The pass is also good for unlimited entry to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and Kerr Lake State Recreation Area, and is valid anytime within the calendar year.

Permits

Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity Permit application or obtain one from the park office.

Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.

 

A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.