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 


Waterville Lake Access: due to storm damage the trail and access to Waterville Lake will be closed until damage can be assessed and repairs completed.

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 trail heads. While the upgrades and repairs are underway, the bridge may experience temporary closures during daylight hours. Known full day (approx. 8am – 4pm) 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


The following access areas are temporarily closed to the public due to high water.  These access areas will be-reopened after the high water recedes and conditions are safe for boating access:
  • Johns River Access Area - Johns River upstream of Lake Rhodhiss

Yadkin-Pee Dee

  • Blewett Falls Tailrace Fishing Area will be closed to the public due to storm damage received during Hurricane Florence and due to the construction activity in the area. A new fishing platform is currently scheduled to open to the public in 2020.    

Lake James

  • Bridgewater Canoe Portage Access Area: closed beginning Sept. 26, 2018, 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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