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Kerr Lake State Recreation Area to Begin Charging Day-Use Parking Fees

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Michael F. Easley, Governor
William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Phone: 
919-218-4622

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area to Begin Charging Day-Use Parking Fees

RALEIGH --Kerr Lake State Recreation Area will implement a day-use parking fee of $5 per vehicle at all seven of its public recreation sites beginning April 1, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

The fee will be collected at entrance stations for vehicles entering the sites for day-use activities such as swimming, fishing, picnicking, picnic shelter and community building events, launching boats and visiting campsites. Registered campers will not be charged day-use fees.

The implementation of the day-use parking fee brings policies at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area into line with those at Falls Lake and Jordan Lake state recreation areas. All are on reservoirs built and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with recreation sites leased from that agency by the state and managed by the state parks system. The terms of those leases authorize the state to implement such user fees.

"The fees had not been implemented at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area for two principal reasons," said Park Superintendent Bryce Fleming. "The infrastructure for collecting the fees was not in place, and until now, facilities here were not up to the same standards as those at Falls and Jordan Lakes."

"In the past few years, using about $14.5 million from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, we've made significant improvements at the recreation area, upgrading campgrounds, swim and picnic areas, boat launch facilities and parking areas. And, we have improved the water-supply infrastructure," Fleming added.

The fees will be collected on weekends and holidays in April, May and September and daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. There will be no day-use fees October through March. The fee will be $3 for senior citizens (age 62 or older) and $10 per bus.

Fees will be refunded to visitors who are in the park for less than 30 minutes and can show a receipt upon exiting.

Season passes are available at the park office and at entrance stations when they are open. The $40 pass will allow visitors to enter all areas managed by the state parks system at Kerr, Falls and Jordan lakes during the year without paying daily fees. The passes issued by the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will not be accepted at Kerr Lake park areas managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or Virginia State Parks.