News Release
Aug. 14, 2002

EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONTINUES: DUKE POWER TEMPORARILY CLOSING SEVERAL LAKE ACCESS AREAS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. As the serious drought continues in the Piedmont section of North Carolina and South Carolina, Duke Power officials are announcing the temporary closing of several access areas on the lakes it manages.

 

The decision to close an access area is based on the unique characteristics of each area, such as location and individual design. While some access areas will have boating access ramps closed, fishing piers may remain open.

 

Boaters are encouraged to use extreme caution when launching and retrieving boats from any access area especially during this time. Additionally, lower lake levels may expose natural hazards, such as rocks and stumps.

 

“With little or no rainfall, ground water and inflows greatly reduced, our reservoir levels continue to drop,” said George Galleher, Duke Power, lake management manager. “Although we have reduced our reliance on hydroelectric generation by as much as 70 percent, we must continue to meet downstream needs by releasing water periodically. These two issues together result in lower lake levels and, unfortunately, access areas that are no longer safe to use.”

 

The following is a list of those access areas that are currently closed, as well as those that could be closed in the near future. This listing will be available and updated regularly on the Duke Power lake line:   1-800/829-LAKE or by viewing the “Lakes and Recreation” section at www.dukepower.com.

 

Lake James Access Areas 

 

By mid-September, all public access areas on Lake James could be closed. 

 

Black Bear

will be closed at 92 (compared to 100 being full pond)

Linville

closed

Hidden Cove

closed by N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation

Canal Bridge  

will be closed at 91



 

Lake Rhodhiss Access Areas

 

Castle Bridge    

will be closed at 91

Conley Creek

will be closed at 97

Rhodhiss left ramp

will be closed at 90

Rhodhiss right ramp

will be closed at 94



 

           

Lake Hickory Access Areas 

 

Gunpowder       

will be closed at 91

Lovelady

will be closed at 94

Wittenburg

will be closed at 91

Oxford  

will be closed at 90

Dusty Ridge     

will be closed at 93



 

Lookout Shoals Access Areas 

 

Lookout

will be closed at 91

Sharon

will be closed at 92



 

Lake Norman Access Areas 

 

Long Island

will be closed at 91

Pinnacle

will be closed at 91.5

McCrary Creek

will be closed at 91.5

Stumpy Creek  

will be closed at 91

Little Creek       

will be closed at 91

Beatty’s Ford    

will be closed at 91

Hager Creek     

will be closed at 91.5

Ramsey Creek

closed by Mecklenburg County



 

Mountain Island Lake Access Areas 

 

Neck Road

will be closed at 91

Riverbend

will be closed at 91



 

Lake Wylie Access Areas 

 

Nivens Creek

closed

Buster Boyd

will be closed at 91.5

Allison Creek

closed

South Point

closed

Copperhead      

closed by Mecklenburg County

Ebenezer         

closed



 

Rocky Creek Access Areas 

 

Debutary Creek

will be closed at 96

Stumpy Pond   

will be closed at 98



 

Lake Wateree Access Areas 

 

Cedar Creek

closed

Wateree Creek 

will be closed at 93

Taylor Creek     

will be closed at 93

Colonel’s Creek

will be closed at 93

June Creek

will be closed at 93

White Oak Creek

closed

Buck Hill

closed



 

Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and provides safe, reliable, competitively priced electricity to approximately two million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. Duke Power operates three nuclear generating stations, eight coal-fired stations, 31 hydroelectric stations and numerous combustion turbine units. Total system generating capability is approximately 19,300 megawatts. More information about Duke Power is available on the Internet at: www.dukepower.com.

 

Duke Energy is a diversified multinational energy company with an integrated network of energy assets and expertise. The company manages a dynamic portfolio of natural gas and electric supply, delivery and trading businesses – meeting the energy needs of customers throughout North America and in key markets around the world. Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a Fortune 100 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.

 

 

Contact: Guynn Savage
Phone: 704/382-8350
24 Hour Phone: 704/382-8333
Email: ghsavage@duke-energy.com