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COUNTY LINE PARK – NEW WILDLIFE RESOURCES PIER & BOAT RAMP NEAR COMPLETION

COUNTY LINE PARK – NEW WILDLIFE RESOURCES PIER & BOAT RAMP NEAR COMPLETION

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs Kerr Lake Park Watch is focusing on sharing and showing improvements and new construction on any and all public properties around the shores of Kerr Lake, a new project on the eastern bank of the North Carolina side of Kerr Lake is nearing completion.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is building a new two-lane boat ramp and parking lot at County Line Park which straddles the Vance-Warren County lines.

The really hot feature of the construction project is a brand new fishing pier complete with places for leaning rods for different height fishermen and even a few benches.

Kerr Lake Park Watch member and good photographer Mike Sawaya captured these photos of the new fishing pier at County Line today.  Though the pier and the boat docks are mostly finished, work must now be completed on the parking lot.

Whether you are one of the nearly 300 members of Kerr Lake Park Watch or not (and why aren’t you?) feel free to share your pictures of the good and the bad you see at Kerr Lake.  Just indicate whether to use your name or not in the email with the pictures you send to: info@kerrlakeparkwatch.org!

Posted in: KLPW - Boating and Related Improvements, KLPW - Campground Facilities and Improvements, KLPW - Camping Safety

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KERR LAKE TRIATHLON SWIMS, BIKES & RUNS THIS WEEKEND

KERR LAKE TRIATHLON SWIMS, BIKES & RUNS THIS WEEKEND

 

If you are camping or boating near Bullocksville and Satterwhite Point this weekend, you may notice that the Kerr Lake Triathlon will get underway from Bullocksville State Recreation Area Sunday morning.

Up to 350 swimmers, bikers and runners will compete in the Sunday event that brings participants from all over the country as it is a sanctioned event.

That also means that boat traffic will be watching and covering swimmers from Bullocksville to Satterwhite Point. If you are not involved with the triathlon, you may want to avoid the area Sunday.

If you would like more information about the event, go to: http://www.setupevents.com/?fuseaction=event_detail&eventID=2588#top. The Triathlon’s charity for the event is the American Cancer Society.

Posted in: KLPW - Park Entertainment/Events, Uncategorized

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NEW FACILTIES & NEWLY RENOVATED FACILITIES HAPPENING AT KERR LAKE

NEW FACILTIES & NEWLY RENOVATED FACILITIES HAPPENING AT KERR LAKE

 

While a few more sites are being rehabilitated on the NC side of Kerr Lake, some huge renovations are taking place on the Virginia side.  A new marina operator is gearing up on the NC side and a new marina is being built on the Virginia side of Kerr Lake.

As shown in the picture below, the Turner Family is camping in a newly renovated electric and water site that’s part of the 600 sites operated in the seven NC State Recreation Areas on Kerr Lake.

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KLPW interviewed the family.  “We’re thrilled with plenty of level room to put out the slide and awning.”  “We like that there’s no board between the picnic area and the camper area.  That let’s us decide where to put the camper to fit our needs.”  “We like the well packed (fines) around the picnic table.”  “Now if they’ll just finish the path to the lake.”

10172654_699661893429433_3352988138443068305_nSo hats off to the managers and the workers who joined together for some site rehabilitation on the North Carolina side.  More to come on the renovations on the Virginia side.



Construction is rolling along with the completion of 40 boat slips, and the marina store along with the office at the new Rudd’s Creek Marina.  The photo just above shows the new store.  Soon to open, it will be a full service marina with stack dry boat storage as well as other services.

 

Posted in: KLPW - Campground Facilities and Improvements

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STRAIGHT DIRTY TALK ABOUT KERR LAKE PARKS

STRAIGHT DIRTY TALK ABOUT KERR LAKE PARKS

It’s not really polite, but let’s have a little plain toilet talk. Forget the problems of government, forget bureaucracies that move at a snail’s pace, there comes a time when human decency, that means that we as a people act more like people than animals, must come back to the forefront of the way we as people behave.

I, being Frank Timberlake, the head blogger here at Kerr Lake Park Watch, make it a point to ride the campgrounds around the lake and stop by all the facilities operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the states of Virginia and North Carolina. There is a multitude of public facilities, thank goodness, especially if you are visiting for any period of time. And now I vent.

There is a small army of dedicated, overworked and underpaid maintenance professionals who keep the water running, the lights on, the showers scrubbed and the toilets clean. Bernie and his crew in Virginia are one group and I know one young man on the NC side, Tyrone, whose entire focus and dedication is on his job and cleaning the restrooms is part of that job.

After seeing a restroom being cleaned in a Kerr Lake park today, I later stopped back and either a baboon unfamiliar with the usage of modern toilets or a Neanderthal human had messed all over the outside of the toilet. That’s right; I said the outside of the toilet. If it was an accident, then the person should have cleaned up their own mess. This simply cannot be a way of having fun at a park, can it?

I am told that such occurrences are more and more frequent. Those of you who are reading this are probably not a part of the problem, but we all need to be a part of the solution. People have to take more accountability for their actions, especially when those actions come into play at shared facilities like parks. We do not live in this world alone.

Unlike hotels with private baths, with the use of shared restroom facilities come shared responsibilities to see that our parks are maintained. To me, if you witness someone abusing park facilities, they should be reported and removed from the park, permanently or as much as allowed under the law.

It is naive, but I would hope that next time the person who defecated that Kerr Lake public restroom would in fact, find it locked and would resort to having to use the woods, whereby his buttocks were tingled by the introduction to rectal poison ivy.

Meanwhile, the next time you run into a maintenance worker cleaning a restroom or any part of the park, take a second and thank them! Their job is tougher than it should be. That’s just my two cents.

 

Posted in: KLPW - Campground Facilities and Improvements, KLPW - Similar Circumstances/Situations at other Locations

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