Archive for October, 2013


Kerr Lake Park Watch was notified this afternoon by Michael Womack, the Operations Project Manager for Kerr Lake, that all camping facilities and day-use areas operated by the U S Army Corps of Engineers are back open according to their regular schedules.

All of the parks operated by the Corps were closed by last Thursday in the partial government shutdown.

The Corps of Engineers has responsibilities for North Bend, Rudd’s Creek, Longwood and Buffalo Creek campgrounds along with several day-use areas and boat ramps.

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At KLPW, we’ve had a number of campers to say thanks to the NC State Parks KLSRA folks for finally upgrading some sites, particularly in the electric loop of Hibernia SRA.

Some may be amazed but there are scores of campers who have asked or indicated their willingness to have “clean up” or “fix up” days with volunteers working in the seven (7) state recreation areas (SRA’s) on the North Carolina side of Kerr Lake.

Two avid supporters of Kerr Lake and avid leaders of Kerr Lake Park Watch have made some valid points about improvements on the campsites at Kerr Lake and some valid points about volunteering.  We thought we’d share the suggestions of Joel and Lisa Bailey with all of you.

Frank and Larry, we like your thoughts. As Lisa and I are lifelong Kerr Lake campers, boaters and even me now an old water skier, I really appreciate the work the staff and our volunteers do to preserve our heritage and experience.
After 40 years of camping at Hibernia, normally over 30 days a summer, we have a couple of thoughts that may be useful as well.  
    1) On the new sites could we lower the service boxes so that slide-outs could open above them? 

    2) Can we have 50 amp service on all the new sites? The overgrowth really is a nuisance to motor homes and large campers with multiple slide-outs and awnings, both on the campsites and in the roadways. 

    3) I really like and support the idea of a camper workday to help maintain our campground. We have many talented camper resources that could make a big difference. Lisa and I are involved with the NC Baptist Men and we have traveled literally all across the eastern half of the US cutting trees for disaster relief. We have the tools and the talent to help out for a spring work day.

Thank you for the opportunity to share our thoughts and for all those who love and work on our lake.”

Like so many other campers, Joel and Lisa show that if the government entities involved with all the parks around Kerr Lake will show more than rules, regs and enforcement, like caring initiative, the user public will give back with an overwhelming positive response.

And at Kerr Lake Park Watch, we see that as good for all concerned.

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“When it comes to government kicking at the people and to the people, add one more insult to injury; that’s right the feds are going to close Kerr Lake parks right here as leaf season comes into play,” says Kerr Lake Park Watch PA Lead Frank Timberlake.  Kerr Lake facilities owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers will be closed beginning on Thursday.  Timberlake added, “That means if you are planning to picnic, jog, fish or camp from the shores inside a USACE operated facility you will have to do it somewhere else.  We are as amazed as you might be that while Washington dances and drinks on as if nothing has happened you will not camp nor eat nor drink in a park that you own.”

In a prepared news release, the Corps said, “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE),
Wilmington District, is preparing for the closure of its Corps-managed campgrounds
and day-use parks beginning Thursday, October 10, unless fiscal 2014 funding
legislation is enacted by Congress. This will have no effect on leased
recreation areas operated by state or local entities.”

KLPW checked with Bryce Fleming, Superintendent of the seven NC State Recreation Areas around Kerr Lake and also with Virginia District 5 Visitors Services Specialist Pat Eastwood and found that the regular seasonally operated parks NC parks and the Virginia state parks on Kerr Lake will continue to operate under normal schedules.

There is a recent post on KLPW that shows the schedules for the NC State Recreation Areas.  You can either scroll down or paste this link in your browser:–cutback-schedule.aspx

Staunton River & Occoneechee State Parks on the Virginia side of Kerr Lake will close seasonally to campers on December 1.  Other facilities at the park will continue to operate on the regular year round schedule.

Parks, some ramps and day-use areas operated by the Army Corps of Engineers are to be closed until some funding resolution is reached by Congress.  Parks affected are at John H. Kerr Reservoir, Philpott Lake, B. Everett Jordan Dam and Lake, Falls Lake, W. Kerr
Scott Dam and Reservoir and Cape Fear Locks and Dams.  They will close by 8 p.m. on
Thursday and all campers must vacate the campgrounds by noon on Friday, Oct. 11.
  Campers with reservations in the future may
elect to leave their campsite reservations open for possible use after the
shutdown is lifted. Campers will receive a refund for any unused portion of
their reservations.  
Visitors are
encouraged to contact their local park office for information on other nearby
facilities that may be available for recreational use.

Primary impacts of the Corps actions will be the closing of North Bend Park, Rudds Creek, Longwood Park, Buffalo Creek Park, Palmer’s Point Day Use Area and Island Creek Day Use Area as well as more boat ramp areas.

If the government goes back to work you can see current
information on the closure and reopening of Wilmington District recreational
area facilities will be posted at District’s facebook
site at as well as this site.

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Several months ago KLPW informed you when NC State Parks officials toured some of the Kerr Lake State Recreation Areas and vowed to make some very badly needed upgrades and rehabs to sites. 

State officials viewed, photographed and even measured the sites that KLPW identified as critical.  Also, sites that might increase revenue for the parks if properly renovated with defined sites, more level and convenient to large travel trailers and RV rigs.

Those plans are out and although they are not drawn to scale, which is somewhat questionable, they clearly show marked improvements.  If you want your opinion and comments to count then you need to send them directly to: 

    Bryce Fleming

    Park Superintendent

    Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

    6254 Satterwhite Point Road

    Henderson, NC 27537

    (252) 438-7791

KLPW has been notified by Superintendent Fleming that public input on these site renovations can be made, but should be made quickly.

KLPW asked to be involved with reviewing the site renovation plans since the group is completely made up of the people who have to back the RV’s into the sites and make the site work with equipment.

If you want to give some input as to the size or layout of those sites or as to the proposed angle that a camper would have to back in an RV into the site, please make your voice known now.

Below you will find all the plans for renovations.  PLEASE COMMENT BACK TO KLSRA & FEEL FREE TO COMMENT BELOW.

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