Lakes & Recreation

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
  • Bridgewater Canoe Portage Access Area – 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.

Bad Creek 

Foothills Trail 
  • On June 27, Duke Energy will begin repairing the Toxaway River pedestrian bridge located on the Foothills Trail between the Laurel Fork and Cane Brake trailheads. While the upgrades and repairs are underway, the bridge may experience temporary closures during daylight hours. Known full-day (approximately 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) bridge closures will be posted below. Additionally, the bridge will be limited to no more than 20 people crossing at one time. The upgrades and repairs to the bridge are scheduled to be complete by the end of September.
  • Scheduled full-day bridge closures: none 

Pigeon River 

Waterville Lake
  • Waterville Canoe Portage – Due to storm damage, the portage trail and access to Waterville Lake will be closed until repairs are completed.

Yadkin-Pee Dee

Blewett Falls Lake 
  • Blewett Falls Tailrace Fishing Area will be closed to the public due to storm damage received during Hurricane Florence and associated construction activity in the area. A new fishing platform is currently scheduled to open to the public in 2020.  
All closure and open dates are projected and may be impacted by weather.

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