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

Kerr Lake has risen over 8 ft. since Sunday, 4/22/17, due to heavy rain.  As of today, 4/27/17, the lake level is 308.5 m.s.l. It is predicted to rise to 309.5’ by Friday, 4/28/17 and crest around 310’.  Many campsites are closed or will close soon due to the quickly rising water.  Park staff and reservation call center staff are notifying customers who have reservations that will be impacted.  Customers with reservation concerns on the sites listed below may call the reservation center at 1-877-722-6762 to inquire about refunds or reservation transfers.

The following campsites are impacted:

Bullocksville Campground:  ALL Campsites Due to Flooded Campground Roads
County Line Campground:--  Campsites 1, 7 ,8 ,15 ,16D, 17, 24, 30, 31D, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 43, 44, 48, 54D, 55, 56, ,57, 58, 60, 62, 66, 67, 69 and 75D.
Henderson Point Campground:  ALL Campsites Due to Flooded Campground Roads
Hibernia State Recreation Area:  Campsites 81, 82,84, 85, 86, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105D and 107.
J.C. Cooper Campground:  1, 3, 5, 7, 19, 39, 40, 41, 50, 51, 52, 54, 56, 57, 58, 63, 64, 65, 69, 70, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78 and 79.
Kimball Point Campground: 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 66, 67, 68, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 75.
Nutbush Campground:  7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 61, 87, 88, 94, 95, 101, 102, 108 and 109.
Many boat ramps are closed.  The following NC boat ramps are open as of 4/27/17 at 4 PM:
County Line (NC Wildlife Resources Commission Ramp)
Hibernia (NC Wildlife Resources Commission Ramp)
Nutbush Area 2 Ramp

The bridges on Nutbush Rd., Jacksontown Rd. and Anderson Creek Rd. are closed. We will update this Alert as conditions change.  Hourly lake level information can be found at: .   

 Posted on: Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 4:45pm

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, holidays in April, May and September and on weekends. Annual pass holders are entitled to an unlimited number of visits without paying the admission fee.

  • Car: $6 per day.
  • Senior Citizen (62 or older): $4 per day.
  • Bus or van: $15 per day.
  • Annual Pass: $60.


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

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.


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.


Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

6254 Satterwhite Point Road
HendersonNC 27537
Latitude: 36.441100
Longitude: -78.368800

Park Hours:

November - February: 8am - 6pm
March, April, September and October: 8am - 8pm
May - August: 8am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

The day use areas at Bullocksville, Henderson Point Shelter 1 and Satterwhite Point are open year-round. All other day use areas are closed late October – late March. The Henderson Point day use area for shelter 2, shelter 3 and the community building is closed late October – late March but will be opened for groups who rent the community building or the shelters.

County Line, Henderson Point, Hibernia and Nutbush have 24-hour boat ramp facilities open year-round. All other day use areas are closed and locked at park closing time.

Park Hours - Campgrounds
J.C. Cooper Campground at Satterwhite Point and Nutbush are open for camping year-round and have 24 hours access. All other campground areas are closed and locked at park closing time.

Other Campground gate hours are as follows:
March, April and October: 7am - 9pm
May - September: 7am - 10pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
8am - 5pm seven days a week
Closed Christmas Day

2017 Opening and Closing Schedule (PDF)