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Spring has sprung and camping season at Kerr Lake has begun and we at Kerr Lake Park Watch want to update on park openings.
Although there are some year-round sections that are open during the winter in some of the campgrounds around Kerr Lake, most of them open around Spring.
VIRGINIA STATE PARKS
The two Virginia State Parks on Kerr Lake opened recently according to Visitor Services Director for Virginia State Parks, Nancy Heltman who said, “We opened camping season the first Friday in March which was the 2nd. Yes, the weekend of the nor’easter and now a snow storm on the first full day of Spring. Been a tough start to the year.”
Heltman added that the new Splash Park at Occoneechee State Park in Clarksville will open when the weather warms but an exact date is not yet known.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE RECREATION AREAS
In North Carolina where there are seven State Recreation Areas, Superintendent Bryce Fleming updated Kerr Lake Park Watch with a comprehensive list of park and sectional openings:
Park Name Opening Date Closing Date
Bullocksville All Sites March 26, 2018 October 1, 2018
County Line All Sites March 26, 2018 October 1, 2018
Henderson Point Area 1 May 21, 2018 October 1, 2018
Area 2 March 26, 2018 October 1, 2018
Group Area March 26, 2018 October 1, 2018
Hibernia Area 1 May 21, 2018 September 3, 2018
Area 2 March 26, 2018 October 29, 2018
Area 3 May 21, 2018 September 3, 2018
Group Area March 26, 2018 October 29, 2018
Kimball Point Area 1 May 21, 2018 October 1, 2018
Area 2 March 26, 2018 October 29, 2018
Nutbush Area 1 March 26, 2018 October 1, 2018
Area 3 Open All Year Open All Year
Area 4 May 21, 2018 September 3, 2018
Satterwhite Point/J.C. Cooper Area 1 (Sites 1-42, 80-104, H1, H2, H3)
Open All Year Open All Year
Area 2 (Sites 43-79) March 26, 2018 October 29, 2018
Area 3 (Sites 111-123) May 21, 2018 September 3, 2018
Group Area March 26, 2018 October 29, 2018
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
The US Army Corps of Engineers operates several parks that offer camping as well as a number of day-use areas. The campgrounds include North Bend Park, Rudd’s Creek, Longwood Park, and Buffalo Landing.
While there is no readily available list of campground opening and closing dates, there is a recreational link on the USACE website that gives some park information and contact info. That link is: http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation.aspx.
The weather is the major player in enjoying all these parks and campgrounds around Kerr Lake. So watch it, watch for it and plan accordingly.
With regards to getting out on the waters of Kerr Lake, please remember this, LIFE JACKETS WORN, NOBODY MOURNS!
To all of the 580+ members of Kerr Lake Park Watch and on behalf of them, we who operate Kerr Lake Park Watch wish you a wonderful camping and park season!
FIRST OF ITS KIND SPLASH PARK IS COMING TO KERR LAKE – Virginia Governor Announces Park Improvement at Occoneechee Ground-Breaking
The 64-year old John H. Kerr Reservoir has seen a lot of changes and improvements during its lifetime. A lot of those changes have been positive and directly made for the public’s use and enjoyment; among them campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic areas, hiking trails, playgrounds, restrooms and more.
At a ground-breaking ceremony earlier this week at Occoneechee State Park in Clarksville, Virginia a new, attraction-type of venue was unveiled, that is a “splash park” to be built within the park. A splash park is described as a recreation area for water play that has little or no standing water. This is said to eliminate the need for lifeguards or other supervision, as there is minor risk of drowning. Designers and project managers for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Richmond design firm are calling Occoneechee’s new wet spot a “splashground.”
About 35 people attended the “by invitation only” event earlier this week at Occoneechee with most of those being public officials from DCR , the US Army Corps of Engineers (which has approved the project), Occoneechee and area park staff and a handful of local officials.
The main attraction was the combining of the ground-breaking and an official visit to Occoneechee by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who upon election, promised to visit every state park in the Commonwealth. Occoneechee State Park was park to visit and the Governor made his promise become truth. Twice the same day the governor visited the other Kerr Lake Virginia State Park, Staunton River. While at Occoneechee, the affable McAuliffe commented to Kerr Lake Park Watch’s Frank Timberlake that Occoneechee is a “gem” of a park with the added value of being on Kerr Lake. He was surprised to learn that Timberlake has been visiting and/or camping at Occoneechee for over 50 years. McAuliffe asked Timberlake what has drawn him to the park and the Governor received a long, positive list.
McAuliffe was accompanied by some staff and security people, but he was also accompanied by some family members, including his niece shown below as they discussed the differences in the Kerr Lake parks from other Virginia State Parks. She told Kerr Lake Park Watch that she particularly liked the fact that a major percentage of the water going out into the splashground will be recaptured and recycled through the system. Kerr Lake Park Watch attempted to get more information on the reclamation system and its advantages from DCR but has received nothing by posting time.
Earlier this year commenting on the economic impact that Virginia State Parks make to the Commonwealth’s coffers, Governor McAuliffe said that the park system brought in visitor fees of $224 million in 2016. Officials at the ceremony commented that Occoneechee State Park had revenues over $4 million last year. The new “Splashground” will undoubtedly bring in more revenues as it will be a fee-based activity. DCR officials anticipate that the Occoneechee splash park charge will be between $5 and $8 per person. Park officials said that there’s a comparable sprayground at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, and the price there ranges from $5-$8, depending on the age and the day, with children under three getting free admission. Projections on costs for the project that will take about a year to complete are between $1.5 million and $1.8 million. The new splashground is expected to open Spring 2018.
IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO MAKE WAVES! If you visit any of the seven (7) Kerr Lake State Recreation Areas on the North Carolina side of Kerr Lake then it’s time for your opinion.
The Division of NC State Parks and Recreation is putting together a survey on how best to spend the $3.75 million from the earlier-passed Connect NC Bond referendum. When that survey is ready, we will share the link for your convenience.
Those of us in Kerr Lake Park Watch want to see some improvements/replacements of bath facilities like at Nutbush and Kimball Point.
We also would like to see some of the pressure for electric sites removed by adding electric and water sites to Henderson Point and Hibernia.
We have a detailed story coming about the late last summer visit of NC State Park top officials and some ideas that are emerging. But you, the park user, the visitor, should now express your ideas.
It’s a good time to put forth your ideas as NC State Parks will spend $3.75 million on something at Kerr Lake. You can wait for the link to the survey or you can write now on FB or send your opinions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You know the needs…now is the time to share them. Make your wave!
BOYDTON, Va. – Once again the US Army Corps of Engineers at John H. Kerr Reservoir will be accepting used live Christmas Trees until January 31st to be recycled into fish habitat. Designated drop off areas will be located at four Corps boat ramps/day use areas located throughout Mecklenburg County. The four areas that will be accepting trees this year are:
- Visitor Assistance Center by North Bend Park at Kerr Dam
- Rudds Creek Day Use Area, on Highway 58 just outside Boydton
- Longwood Boat Ramp, on Highway 15 South, outside of Clarksville
- Bluestone Boat Ramp, on Highway 15 North, outside of ClarksvilleEach of these areas will have designated marked off drop locations.
At the end of January the Corps will take the donated trees, bind them together, and sink them for fish habitat. Some parks already have a marked fishing reef buoy nearby which is where the trees will be placed. “These trees are some of the best forms of underwater structure. Crappie, bass, bluegills and other fish will often use the trees to congregate in and around,” according to Billy Hoffer, Conservation Biologist at Kerr Reservoir.
Please drop off your Christmas tree, free of decorations, to one of the four locations above so we can keep trees out of our landfills and improve our fishery here at John H. Kerr Reservoir. Also, please remember that it is a violation to place structures in the lake without permission.
If you have any questions or concerns about this project feel free to call Billy Hoffer, Conservation Biologist at the Corps Visitor Assistance Center at (434) 738-6143 extension 6159.
Kerr Lake Park Watch adds, take the kids along to the parks when you discard the Christmas tree. It’s a great time to take a brisk walk around the park and the area!
The leadership, members and friends of Kerr Lake Park Watch wish to express our heartfelt sympathies to Bryce Fleming and to all his family in the loss of his wife, Lori Fleming within the past few days. Bryce is the Superintendent of Kerr Lake State Recreation Areas.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 2 pm at First United Methodist Church in Henderson, conducted by Pastor Terry Huffines. The family will receive friends at a reception in the fellowship hall immediately following the service.
In addition to her parents, Lori Fleming is survived by her husband, Bryce P. Fleming and her son, Tyler of the home; her sister, Lola M Giese (Charlie) of Fort Wayne Indiana and their children Bradley, Carlie and Luke; Her mother and father-in-law, Roxanne and Bob Fleming; and brother-in-law, Greg Fleming (Anne).
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
- The Nature Conservancy-TNC – NC Chapter, 334 Blackwell St. Suite 300, Durham, NC 27701;
- American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org/donate;
- or Vance Aquatics Club, www.vanceaquatics.net (click “Donate Now” tab) or by mail PO Box 2051, Henderson, NC 27536 for the Lori Fleming Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Complete details may be found on the J. M. White Funeral Home website, www.jmwhitefuneralhome.com.
The headquarters for Kerr Lake State Recreation Areas at Satterwhite Point has announced a Volunteer Day at Hibernia on Saturday, May 21st. “We know it’s a little late and short notice, but there are a lot of mitigating circumstances with staff moves and some maintenance projects,” said Assistant Superintendent Lee Amos, “But we are hoping that members of Kerr Lake Park Watch and the general public will turn out for a while to help and that the weather will cooperate.”
Projects on tap for this year’s Volunteer Day include putting up some signs on some trails, recently refurbished by the maintenance and park personnel. Several display cases that will house, for educational and informational purposes, both historical and environmental items and info have been built along some of Hibernia’s trails.
Park staff also hopes to work on the Hargrove family cemetery in which is buried the original owner and builder of Hibernia. The cemetery needs some attention along with metal fence painting. Real go-getters can bring limb trimming equipment and help push back limbs from campsites. Last year’s successful Volunteer Day prompted a video about how a few can do much: KLPW 2015 VOL DAY at HIBERNIA
Volunteers are badly needed, particularly with a short invite window. Volunteers are asked to be at the picnic shelter between Area 2 and Area 3 on the main park road at 9:00 AM, Saturday, May 21. For more information, contact the park office at (252) 438-7791.