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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: http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/roa05.htm .   
 

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

The Occoneechee Indians once lived in the Kerr Lake area until they were dispersed by Nathanial Bacon in 1676. Until that date, the Roanoke River was the main transportation and supply route for both Native Americans and early settlers. Constant, regular flooding of the river provided rich and productive farmland that sustained the area for generations.

The development of cities and homes along the river and the increased demand for flood control and electricity led to the construction of the John H. Kerr Reservoir, named after the North Carolina congressman instrumental in the reservoir's development. Construction of this reservoir that straddles Virginia and North Carolina began in 1946 and was completed in 1952.

The Kerr Reservoir Commission was then created to govern the North Carolina parks bordering the lake. The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation eventually took control of the seven recreation areas of the reservoir in 1975. In addition to water resource management, the reservoir provides fish and wildlife conservation, forest management and recreation.

Contact:

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

6254 Satterwhite Point Road
HendersonNC 27537
Phone252-438-7791
kerr.lake@ncparks.gov
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)