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Fishing in the mist at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Current status of park facilities   

All Kerr Lake State Recreation Area facilities are open.

The visitor center is open daily, but hours vary depending on staff availability. Please call the park to confirm the hours.

Day-use entrance fees are charged 7-days-a-week through Labor Day and then on weekends through the end of September.  This includes customers who are visiting registered campers and customers who are going to a rented community building or shelter.  The entrance fees are:
Motor vehicles: $7 per day
Senior Citizen (62 or older)/Military: $5 per day
Bus:  $20 per day

Open areas will close if capacity is reached. Cleaning bathrooms will take longer than normal due to disinfecting procedures. Trash cans are not available at family campsites to reduce exposure, so campers will take their own trash to the dumpsters. 

Reservations for available campsites may be on the day of arrival up to 9 p.m. Campers may make reservations by calling toll-free 1-877-722-6762 or through the reservations website https://northcarolinastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/kerr-lake-state-recreation-area/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NC&parkId=552904

Please check with our partner agencies about the status of their access areas on Kerr Lake:
US Army Corps of Engineers https://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes-and-Dams/John-H-Kerr/
NC Wildlife Resources Commission  https://www.ncwildlife.org/
Virginia State Parks https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/

 Last updated on: Monday, August 23, 2021


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*
     
  • *The visitor center may be closed some weekends due to staffing. Please call ahead before your weekend visit to make sure the visitor is open.
     
  • In 2021, the visitor center is closed November 25 to 26 and December 23 through 27.

     

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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
     

 

 

History highlights

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.