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Partial reopening Thurs, Sept 20   

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area has been closed due to Hurricane Florence. Kerr Lake is scheduled to re-open on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at a limited capacity. The lake level is 307’msl and rising as water makes its way down the Roanoke River Basin to Kerr Reservoir. Kerr Reservoir is predicted to crest around 312’ msl this weekend which is approximately 12’ above normal.  Due to this, the majority of campsites and many other facilities have been closed through 9/26/18.  Park personnel had to remove electrical boxes from the electric sites that we expect to be impacted and take other precautions to protect facilities.

The North Carolina Reservation System call center is currently contacting customers with reservations on impacted sites. Customers affected by the flooding can get a full refund or transfer their reservation.

The facilities currently on the closure list are:

Bullocksvillle:  All campsites closed due to campground road flooding.
Bullocksville Boat Ramp

County Line:  Campsites  1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16D, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31D, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54D, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67,68, 69, 70, 71, 73, 74, 75D, 77, 80, 81

Henderson Point: All campsites due to campground road flooding.
Henderson Point Group Area
Henderson Point Picnic Shelters #1, #2 and #3
Henderson Point Boat Ramps at Shelters #2 and #3

Hibernia:
Area 2 Campsites:  81, 82D, 84, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, H-1
Hibernia Group Area
Hibernia Picnic Shelter
Hibernia Campground Boat Ramp.

J.C. Cooper Campground:  Campsites 1-79 and H-3 closed due to campsite and road flooding (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34A, 34B, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41D, 43, 44A, 44B, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67, 69, 70, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 103, H3)
J.C.  Cooper Group Area
J. C. Cooper boat ramp

Kimball Point:
Area 1:  All of Area 1 closed (Campsites 1- 37D and H-1) due to water crossing the road
Area 2:  46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78D
Kimball Point Picnic Shelter
Kimball Point Picnic Area
Kimball Point Boat Ramp

Nutbush:  Area 1:  Close all of Area 1 due to water crossing the road.
Area 3:  51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 61, 87, 88, 94, 95, 100, 101, 102, 107, 108, 109
Nutbush Area 1 boat ramp
Nutbush Area 3 boat ramp.

Satterwhite Point: 

Shelter #1

The public ramp operated by Satterwhite Point Marina is closed.

 Posted on: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Ecology

Get plant and animal checklists at the park office.

Much of the land that makes up Kerr Lake State Recreation Area is covered by forests in various stages of regrowth that follow the farming and timbering practices of the past. The forests found at Kerr Lake are typical of those found elsewhere in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Pine stands are dominated by loblolly pines. In hardwood forest areas, various oak and hickory species, tulip poplars, sweetgums, maples, American beech and dogwoods are commonly found.

In drainage areas and along the shoreline, willows, river birch and alder are found. Also found in these areas are buttonbush and rose mallow.

Many types of mammals live around Kerr Lake. Mammals such as white-tailed deer, raccoons, Virginia opossums, gray foxes, red foxes, cottontail rabbits and gray squirrels are common in the woods and along the shore. Beavers, muskrats and a few river otters make their homes at Kerr Lake as well. Many of these creatures are secretive and not often seen by park visitors.

There are several species of amphibians and reptiles in the area. Frogs, toads, turtles, lizards and snakes are all found here. Most snakes found at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area are harmless. Generally, snakes found in the water are non-venomous water snakes. There is one species, the copperhead, which is venomous and lives on parkland.

Bird species are too numerous to list completely, but representative species are typical of the Carolina Piedmont. Songbirds include indigo buntings, red-eyed vireos, northern cardinals, prairie warblers, eastern kingbirds and Carolina chickadees. Many birds of prey also reside here. Red-tailed hawks, red-shoulder hawks, ospreys and eagles are all seen soaring overhead. Barred owls, great-horned owls and screech owls are often heard under the cover of darkness. Wading birds such as great blue herons and egrets can be found along the shoreline as they hunt for fish in the shallows. Other "fishermen" found above and on the lake include the belted kingfisher and double crested cormorant. In the winter, the common loon and pied billed grebe can also be observed at the lake. Additionally, Canada geese and mallard ducks are frequently seen on the water and along the shore.

Contact:

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

6254 Satterwhite Point Road
HendersonNC 27537
252-438-7791
kerr.lake@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.441100
Longitude: -78.368800

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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)