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Closures Due to Flooding   

Kerr Lake is experiencing flooding from heavy rain that fell over the weekend and Wednesday night.  As of today, 6/13/19, at 8:00 am, the lake was at 305.43’ msl and rising quickly.  After additional rain fell overnight Wednesday, the US Army Corps of Engineers now projects that it will reach 307’+ by Saturday, 6/15/19.  All areas have campsites that are impacted. 

Reservation holders on closed sites are being contacted by the park office and/or the reservation company and can get a full refund or transfer their reservation to a different site if available or to a later date. 
    
The campsites below are closed due to flooding.  Sites have been added to this list since 6/11/19 and we will add more as conditions require.

Bullocksville: All sites are closed.

County Line Campsites:  8, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 48, 49, 50, 54D 55, 56, 60, 62, 75, 76

Henderson Point:
Area 1 Campsites: 6, 7,8,9,20,21D, 23D, 26, 27, H2
Area 2 Campsites: 37, 38, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52D
 
Hibernia:
Area 1 Campsites: 6, 23, 25, 31, 41, 45, 46
Area 2 Campsites:   84, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 102, 103, 104, 105
Area 3 Campsites: Entire Area - Sites 113-152
Hibernia Group Area
 
J.C. Cooper Campground:
Area 1 Campsites: 1, 3, 5, 7, 19, 37, 39, 40, 41D
Area 2  Campsites: 50, 51, 52, 54, 56, 57, 58, 63, 64, 69, 70, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79
Area 3 Campsites: 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123
JC Cooper/Satterwhite Point Group Area
 
Kimball Point:
Area 1 Campsites: Entire Area - Sites 1-37D and H1
Area 2 Campsites: 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 63, 66, 67, 68, 72, 73, 74, 75
 
Nutbush: 
Area 1 Campsites: 9, 23, 24
Area 3 Campsites: 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 61, 88, 95, 102, 109
Area 4 Campsites: 63, 65, 66, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77
 
Day areas are also impacted.  The defined swim area at Satterwhite Point and most other popular swim beaches are flooded.  Picnic facilities are greatly reduced as well.  The playground at Satterwhite Point is closed for damage.

Several boat ramps are unusable due to flooding.  These include ramps at Henderson Point Campground, JC Cooper, Nutbush Area 1, Nutbush Area 3 and Kimball Point.  Other ramps are likely to be added to this list soon.

The bridges on Jacksontown Rd. and Nutbush 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 .   
 
 

 Last updated on: Friday, June 14, 2019

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.


6254 Satterwhite Point Road
Henderson, NC 27537

252-438-7791
kerr.lake@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 36.441100, -78.368800

 

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)