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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 June 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. 
Mountain Lake
  • Mountain Island Tailrace Fishing Area – Updated July 20 – On Aug. 11, Duke Energy will temporarily close the upstream fishing platform of the Mountain Island Fishing Area to conduct work at the hydro station. The downstream platform will remain open. These activities are expected to be complete the evening of Aug. 12. However, inclement weather may result in an extended closure or alternative closure dates. Alternative closure dates are Aug. 18-19.
Lake Wylie
  • Ebenezer Access Area – Updated May 21 - Beginning Nov. 4, 2019, York County, in cooperation with Duke Energy, will temporarily close the boat ramps and day use facilities at Ebenezer Access Area (Ebenezer Park) on Lake Wylie for site upgrades. Work is expected to continue into the summer season with boat ramps returning to service as soon as possible. 

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.

Yadkin-Pee Dee

Blewett Falls Lake 
  • 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 2020.  

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. 

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

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