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Fishing in the mist at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Current park status – Closures from Tropical Storm Michael   

Many campsites at Kerr Lake had to be closed for the weekend due to impacts from Tropical Storm Michael and rising water. Kerr Reservoir is rapidly rising and will rise several feet through the weekend. Winds from Michael blew down several trees in the area and there is a lot of debris on roads and campsites. Additionally, there are several areas currently without power. Because of widespread power outages in the entire region, we do not know when power will be restored. Hibernia campground is without power, which also means there is no water for campsites or the bathhouses.  All JC Cooper campground has been closed through 10/17/18. There are numerous trees down, no power, no water and the road into the campground is blocked by downed powerlines. The park office is also without power, phones or internet.

The reservation call center is contacting customers with impacted sites; the facilities currently closed are listed below.  Please note that more facilites may be closed and added to the list over the weekend.

Henderson Point:
Henderson Point Picnic Shelters #1, #2 and #3

Area 2 Campsites - 81, 82D, 84, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, H-1
Hibernia Group Area
Hibernia Picnic Shelter

J.C. Cooper Campground:
The entire campground is closed

Kimball Point:
Area 2:  Campsites 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78D
Kimball Point Picnic Shelter

Area 3: Campsites 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 61, 87, 88, 94, 95, 100, 101, 102, 107, 108, 109

Satterwhite Point:
Shelter #1

Note: The campgrounds at Bullocksville, County Line and Henderson Point are already closed for the season.

In addition, it is likely that most or all of the Kerr Lake State Recreation Area boat ramps will be closed before the end of the weekend.

 Posted on: Friday, October 12, 2018

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

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November – February: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
March, April, September and October: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
May – August: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
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: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
May – September: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week
Closed Christmas Day

2018 Opening and Closing Schedule (PDF)