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.
  • Black Bear Access Area – Maintenance-related construction activities are scheduled to occur beginning in October 2019. Black Bear Access Area will be closed to the public beginning Oct. 14 with an anticipated reopening date of Nov. 1, 2019.
Lake Wateree
  • Wateree Creek Access Area – Beginning October 21, 2019, Duke Energy will temporarily close the Wateree Creek Access Area on Lake Wateree for parking lot upgrades. Work is expected to take approximately three weeks with the site re-opening on November 9, 2019.

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.  

East Fork of the Tuckasegee

Cedar Cliff Lake
  • 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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