Lakes & Recreation

Water Access Alerts

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

Water Access Alerts 

Due to heavy rain across the Duke Energy territory, some Duke Energy-managed lake and river access areas may be temporarily closed due to high water. Affected sites will be assessed and reopened when possible.

Yadkin-Pee Dee

  • Blewett Falls Tailrace Fishing Area will be closed indefinitely due to damages resulting from high water associated with Hurricane Florence.

East Fork of the Tuckasegee

On Sept. 3, 2018, Duke Energy Hydro Operations will begin temporarily lowering normal reservoir elevations on four lakes to perform maintenance work. The reservoir drawdowns will start with Bear Creek Lake, then Cedar Cliff Lake, followed by Tanasee Creek and Wolf Creek lakes. The drawdowns have been scheduled in sequence to minimize the length of time Bear Creek Lake will be below its normal target level. The duration of the drawdown and the time required to refill the lake will depend on weather conditions and river inflows. This drawdown will temporarily impact the following access areas: 

  • Bear Creek Access Area will be closed beginning Sept. 6, 2018, * and will reopen once Bear Creek Lake returns to a minimum level of 91 feet.
  • The Cedar Cliff Access Area boat ramp will be closed to trailered boats on Oct. 8, 2018, * and will reopen once Cedar Cliff Lake returns to a minimum level of 94.5 feet. Watercraft such as canoes, kayaks and small motorized boats may be launched from the shoreline during the drawdown. 
  • Wolf Creek Access Area will close on Nov. 5, 2018, * and will reopen once Wolf Creek Lake returns to a minimum level of 88 feet.
  • Additional information regarding lake drawdowns may be found here.

Lake James

  • Bridgewater Canoe Portage Access Area: closed beginning Sept. 26 for maintenance. Work is scheduled to extend into 2019
*All closure and open dates are projected and may be impacted by weather.

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