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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  

Access Area Closures Related to COVID-19

As federal, state and local agencies issue directives related to mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Duke Energy access areas leased and managed by city, county and state entities may be impacted by closures. Some sites may remain open but experience temporary changes in procedures such as check-in, reservations and payments. Please check with the managing entity for details regarding temporary changes and closures. The public is asked to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while recreating at Duke Energy access areas. If recreation facilities cannot accommodate recommended social distancing of 6 feet or greater, users should seek alternative locations.  

Current related closures include:
(Updated Aug.21)

  • All public restroom facilities at Duke Energy-owned and managed access areas in NC are closed. 
  • Duke Energy sites leased and managed by state or local entities may be closed or impacted by COVID-19. Please contact the managing entity for more information.
  • Pigeon River - Walters picnic area and facilities are closed, and Duke Energy is not currently taking reservations for future use. 


Lake James
  • Bridgewater Canoe Portage Access Area - Updated March 9 - Due to construction activities at the Linville Dam that began in 2018 and will continue into 2020, 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
  • Ebenezer Access Area (Ebenezer Park) - Updated Nov. 20 – On Nov. 7, York County opened the Ebenezer Park boat ramps, boat parking lot, and some of the picnic areas along the playground to the public. The remainder of the park is still under construction and will remain closed for a few more weeks. Due to safety and liability concerns, the public will not be able to enter construction areas.
  • Fort Mill Access Area - Updated Oct. 21 - Beginning Oct. 26, Fort Mill Access Area will experience temporary closures related to construction activities to expand site parking. During October, the access area will be closed Monday-Friday but will reopen on weekends for recreational flow releases from Wylie Hydro Station. Beginning Nov. 2, the access area will close for all uses. Construction activities are expected to be complete by Jan. 1, 2021; however, inclement weather could result in an extended closure or alternative closure dates.

Cedar Creek – Rocky Creek

  • Cedar Creek Access Area - Updated March 9 - Cedar Creek Access Area will be temporarily closed due to damage to the entrance road sustained during high flows in early February. Updates will be posted as possible.

Lake Wateree

  • Lugoff Access Area – Beginning Nov. 16, Duke Energy will temporarily close the Lugoff Access Area and fishing platform below Wateree Dam for site maintenance. The site is expected to reopen on Nov. 20, but inclement weather may extend the closure date. 

Yadkin-Pee Dee

Blewett Falls Lake 

  • Grassy Island and Pee Dee Access Areas - Updated Aug. 21 - 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 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 March 9 - 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 2021.  

East Fork of the Tuckasegee

Cedar Cliff Lake
  • Cedar Cliff Access Area - Updated March 9 - A drawdown of Cedar Cliff Lake began on Sept. 3, 2019. The lake will be lowered approximately 40 feet below full pond to perform required maintenance at Cedar Cliff Dam. Construction is estimated to take approximately 24 months. The Cedar Cliff Access Area will be closed for the duration of the drawdown. 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. 

West Fork of the Tuckasegee

Lake Glenville
  • The Pines Recreation Access Area – Effective Nov. 9, the Pines Recreation Access Area will be closed for repairs and will reopen in December. The adjacent High Falls Trail and parking area will remain open for public use.  

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

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