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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 March 27)

  • All public restroom facilities at Duke Energy-owned and managed access areas will be closed due to public health concerns related to the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Pigeon River – Walters picnic area and facilities are closed for reservations. 
  • Lake Wylie – Fort Mill Access Area, Tega Cay, S.C. Access area closed. For additional information visit:
  • Lake Keowee – Mile Creek County Park, Pickens County, S.C.. Boat ramps will remain open but all other park facilities will be closed. For additional information contact Mile Creek County Park: 864.868.2196.
  • Bad Creek Hydro – Bad Creek Rd. will be temporarily closed to all nonessential travel, beginning March 23, 2020. Adjacent property owners will still have road access. This will restrict access to the Whitewater Falls Trailhead and all access points to public lands accessed via Bad Creek Rd.
  • Lake Keowee – South Cove and High Falls County Parks, Oconee County, S.C. Boat ramps will remain open but all other park facilities will be closed. For additional information contact Oconee County PRT: 864.882.5250.
  • Lake Jocassee – Devil’s Fork State Park, Oconee County, S.C. Beginning March 28, South Carolina State Parks will be closed. Devil’s Fork State Park main boat ramps will remain open with limited parking available. For additional information and operational changes visit:
  • Lake Glenville – Pines Recreation Area swim beach and restrooms closed.


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.
Lake Wylie
  • Ebenezer Access Area – Updated March 9 - 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 be complete with all facilities reopened by June 2020. 

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.
Tuckasegee River
  • Barkers Creek Access Area – Updated March 9 - As of Feb. 28, 2020, the boat ramp at Barkers Creek Access Area will be temporarily closed for tree removal. Updates will be posted as possible.

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

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