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Swimming Area, Boat Access at Lake James Affected by Duke Energy Project

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Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor
Dee Freeman, Secretary

Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Phone: 
919-218-4622

Swimming Area, Boat Access at Lake James Affected by Duke Energy Project

RALEIGH -- The Hidden Cove boat access area at Lake James State Park will remain closed and water levels in the park's swimming area will be lower as a result of a project by Duke Energy Corp. to improve the Catawba dam spillway, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

The boat access has been used as a construction staging area for heavy equipment during the project.

'For the safety of park visitors and lake users, the boat access area will remain closed due to the presence of large construction vehicles and equipment,' said Park Superintendent Sean McElhone. 'The intent is to reopen the boat access area as soon as it is safe for use.'

McElhone said lake levels being maintained by Duke Energy during the project will allow a depth in the state park's swimming area of only about three feet, and the level could drop further if the region experiences reduced rainfall. Excessive low-water conditions could lead to closing the swimming area on short notice, he said.

Duke Energy estimates that its project to replace up to 2.5 feet of the spillway crest will be completed by July 1. Once this portion of the project is complete, depending on rainfall, the lake should return to normal summer levels.

The state park's Canal Bridge boat access further north on N.C. 126 will remain open throughout the project. For more information, call the park office at (828) 652-5047 or Duke Energy Lake Services at (800) 443-5193.