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Water Access Alerts

Boat ramp closures in effect due to drought conditions, high water or maintenance.

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Water Access Alerts    


Lake James  
  • Black Bear Access Area - Updated Sept. 10, 2021 - The Black Bear Access Area on Lake James will close on Sept. 20, 2021, to allow for parking lot improvements. Closure is expected to last through November 2021.
  • Bridgewater Canoe Portage Access Area - Updated Dec. 31, 2020 - Due to ongoing construction activities at the Linville Dam that began in 2018 and will continue into 2021, the Bridgewater Canoe Portage, as well as Powerhouse Road, will be closed for the duration of the construction work. The Bridgewater Fishing Area remains open for use.  
Lake Wylie
  • Allison Creek Access Area - Updated July 15, 2021 – Due to safety and liability concerns and to support required construction activities and upgrades, the Allison Creek Access Area will be closed to the public from August 2021 through November 2022 or until all construction activities are complete.

Lake Wateree

  • Lugoff Access Area – Updated Oct. 14, 2021 – Due to high-voltage transmission work, the Lugoff Access Area will be closed Oct.25 through Dec. 9. Pending no weather delays, the site will reopen on Dec.10. 


Yadkin-Pee Dee 

Blewett Falls Lake 

  • Grassy Island and Pee Dee Access Areas - Updated Aug. 21, 2020- To support required construction activities at the Blewett Falls Dam, beginning Sept. 23, 2020, lake levels for Blewett Falls Lake will be maintained at a range of 6 to 8 feet below full-pond elevation (between 92 and 94 feet local datum). Construction is estimated to take approximately 24 months. The boat ramps at the Pee Dee Public Access Area will be available during the drawdown but should be used with caution. The Grassy Island Access Area will not be available. Boaters on the lake could experience more navigational hazards with the lower lake levels. When recreating on the lake, the public will see barges and cranes performing work at the spillway and should maintain a safe distance from the work area.
  • Blewett Falls Tailrace Fishing Area – Updated Sept. 10, 2021 – Due to storm damage received during Hurricane Florence and associated construction activity in the area, Blewett Tailrace Fishing Platform is closed to the public. A new fishing platform is currently scheduled to open to the public in 2023. 

East Fork of the Tuckasegee

Cedar Cliff Lake
  • Cedar Cliff Access Area - Updated Aug. 30, 2021 - Cedar Cliff lake is approximately 40 feet below full pond to perform required maintenance at Cedar Cliff Dam. Construction is estimated to be completed in fall 2024. The site will remain closed until construction is complete and the lake returns to a level of 93 feet or greater. The time required to refill the lake will depend on weather conditions and inflows.

All closure and open dates are projected and may be impacted by weather.

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