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Flooding at Kerr Lake   

Kerr Lake rose 8 feet since 8:00 am on 5/17/18 due to extremely heavy rainfall throughout the Roanoke River Basin cresting at about 308.7’msl.  The lake level has started to recede slowly and was at was 308.35’ msl as of 5:00 pm on 5/24/18. We have notified those with reservations on impacted sites over the last several days.  We are confident that there will be significant flooding of campsites and boat ramps for Memorial Day Weekend.

The bridges on Anderson Creek Rd. Jacksontown Rd. and Nutbush Rd. are closed due to flooding.

All campgrounds have flooded sites.

The campground at Bullocksville is entirely closed right now due to flooded roads.

The water receded off the campground entrance road at Henderson Point enough to open it this morning. 

Most of the boat ramps in the NC Portion of J. H. Kerr Reservoir are currently flooded. The boat ramps that are currently open are:

Nutbush Area 2 Ramp
Steele Creek Marina Ramp at the Moorings ($5)
Wildlife Resources Commission Ramp at County Line
Wildlife Resources Commission Ramp at Henderson Point
Wildlife Resources Commission Ramp at Hibernia

Hourly lake level information can be found at:


 Posted on: Friday, May 25, 2018 - 1:29pm
Events and Programs

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.



Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

6254 Satterwhite Point Road
HendersonNC 27537
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

2018 Opening and Closing Schedule (PDF)