Lakes & Recreation

Water Access Alerts

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

Water Access Alerts 

High-Water Related Access Area Closures

High water associated with Hurricane Florence will cause temporary access area closures across the Duke Energy system. The list below will be updated as possible to reflect current closures. Access areas will reopen after waters recede and sites can be assessed for damage.

Catawba-Wateree:
  • Riverbend – Mountain Island Lake
  • Mountain Island Tailrace – Mountain Island Lake
  • South Point – Lake Wylie
  • Allen Fishing Area – Lake Wylie
  • Fort Mill Access Area – Wylie Regulated River Reach
Yadkin-Pee Dee
  • Clarks Creek Access Area will close on Saturday, Sept. 15
  • Blewett Tailrace Fishing Area – Blewett Falls Lake
  • Grassy Island Access Area – Blewett Falls Lake
Broad River
  • Big Bay Access Area – Gaston Shoals Lake

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 close be closed beginning September 6, 2018* and will reopen once Bear Creek Lake returns to a minimum level of 91 feet (projected to occur at the end of November). 
    • The Cedar Cliff Access Area boat ramp will be closed to trailered boats on October 8, 2018* and will reopen once Cedar Cliff Lake returns to a minimum level of 94.5 feet (projected to occur at the beginning of November). Water craft such as canoes, kayaks, and small motorized boats, may be launched from the shoreline during the drawdown. 
    • Wolf Creek Access Area will close on November 5, 2018* and will reopen once Wolf Creek Lake returns to a minimum level of 88 feet (projected to occur at the beginning of January, 2019).
    • Additional information regarding lake drawdowns may be found here.

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


Lake James:
  • Bridgewater Canoe Portage Access Area Access Area: closed beginning September 26 for maintenance. Work is scheduled to extend into 2018.
Lake Tillery:
  • Duke Energy will lower Lake Tillery 6 to 8 feet from Oct. 29 to Nov. 16, 2018. The drawdown will begin on Oct. 22 to allow the lake level to decline slowly. This drawdown will temporarily impact the following access areas:
    • Norwood Access Area will be closed beginning Oct. 22, 2018.*
    • Lilly’s Bridge Access Area will remain open throughout drawdown. Boat ramp access may be impacted by low water levels, please use caution.*
    • Stony Mountain Access Area will remain open throughout the drawdown, please use caution while using boat ramps during the drawdown. Use of the fishing pier may be impacted by low water levels.* 
    • Swift Island Access Area will be closed beginning Oct. 22, 2018, with site improvements to occur during the lake drawdown. Swift Island Access Area will reopen at the conclusion of construction activities (estimated early winter 2018). Site improvements include:
      • accessible parking
      • picnic facilities
      • restrooms
      • event pier 

* Access areas will reopen upon return to the normal operating lake level.