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“MAKE IT BETTER” SPIRIT IS ALIVE AND WELL IN KERR LAKE NC STATE RECREATION AREAS

At Kerr Lake Park Watch, we are always impressed with seeing a ranger using a hammer (okay, it is a nail gun) as opposed to a gun. Ranger Elliott and Harold are shown here on a Sunday afternoon building a new information bulletin board.

The campers really notice when they see rangers and maintenance people out among them and working together to make the Kerr Lake parks better. Besides that they did really great work and without the over-supervision of the state construction office.

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If the parks people in charge in Raleigh would take a stand and get the bureaucratic monkeys off the parks’ backs, our field people could really do some cool things for our Kerr Lake and other state parks.

Bravo Elliott and Harold!

Posted in: KLPW - Campground Facilities and Improvements, KLPW - N C State Recreation Areas

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KERR LAKE PARK WATCH EFFORTS HAILED IN NATIONAL RV/CAMPING NEWSLETTER & BLOG

Kerr Lake Park Watch recently received a notch up for the collective work of its members.  Working on an RV problem with the national recreational vehicle newsletter, RV Daily Report, Kerr Lake Park Watch member Larry Matthews mentioned to one of the editors about the exciting accomplishments the lake’s support group has made over the past five years of its existence.

RV Daily Report’s Assistant Editor, Darian Warden contacted Frank Timberlake to find out more about how Kerr Lake Park Watch got started and about Kerr Lake in general.

Kerr Lake Park Watch reaches out nationwide in this story on RV Daily Report

Kerr Lake Park Watch reaches out nationwide in this story on RV Daily Report

The daily newsletter goes out to over 12,000 subscribers, mostly camping and RV enthusiasts all over America.  The report’s website is visited by over 35,000 unique visitors each month.

 

You can read the article by clicking on this link:  Kerr Lake Park Watch Article in RVDailyReport.com.

 

 

Posted in: KLPW - Campground Facilities and Improvements, KLPW - MAIN NEWS

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SCOUTS LAUNCH BATTLE AGAINST PESKY LEFTOVER FISHING LINE AT KERR LAKE

North Carolina State Parks and Recreation – Kerr Lake

Ever gotten tangled in fishing line, or have you seen a fish tangled in line?  It’s not good for anything or anyone so some local scouts are working to solve the problem at Kerr Lake.

Eagle Scout Coleman Hopfer and his Troop 605 built and installed fishing line recycling stations at all of the Kerr Lake boat ramps managed by the state parks system this past Saturday. Rangers will be collecting the used fishing line and Troop 605 will recycle it.

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(Picked up from NC State Parks & Recreation)

Posted in: KLPW - Campground Facilities and Improvements, KLPW - Environmental, KLPW - N C State Recreation Areas

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THIS IS STAR GAZING WEEK AT ONE OF THE KERR LAKE STATE PARKS IN VIRGINIA

Staunton River Star Party offers free public viewing night October 17

SCOTTSBURG – The Staunton River Star Party will return to Staunton River State Park Oct. 12 – 18 for registered participants. A free public viewing night will be offered on Saturday, October 17 from 8 to 11 p.m. Join members of the Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society (CHAOS) for their fall star party. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the night sky, and view various celestial objects.

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Astronomers from across the country converge here in Halifax County each spring and fall to take advantage of the area’s exceptionally dark night skies. The star party also features guest speakers and a variety of vendors geared to astronomy enthusiasts.

Star party goers this year will also be celebrating the designation of Staunton River State Park as an “International Dark Sky Park,” the 25th park in the world to attain that status.

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Guests at the Saturday evening event will have a chance to mingle with amateur astronomers who will share their telescopes and their knowledge.

Stargazers should dress for the weather and bring a flashlight, preferably one with a red lens to preserve the dark night views. (Red cellophane will be provided for those who don’t have a red lens.) Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the beach concession area.

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Staunton River State Park is located in Halifax County at 1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, VA. For specific information about the park you may call 434-572-4623, or email stauntonriver@dcr.virginia.gov.

For general information or to make overnight reservations at Staunton River or any of Virginia’s 36 award-winning state parks go to www.virginiastateparks.gov or call toll-free 800-933-7275.

 

Posted in: KLPW - Park Entertainment/Events, KLPW- Staunton River State Park

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HIGH WATER RECEDING – COME ON TO KERR LAKE & CAMP!

The water is receding along the shores of Kerr Lake, hitting a high at a little over 305 feet above mean sea level, with full pool normal being at 300 ft.  This morning the water, which is rapidly receding was less than 304.5 ft.

That said, US Army Corps of Engineers reports no significance loss of campsite use due to water as does Virginia State Parks.  The seven NC State Recreation Areas are closer to the water with less sloping, so a few campsites are impacted by the two weather systems that dumped huge amounts of rain into Kerr Lake and its sister systems.  So only a few exception campsites are covered by water which makes it a great weekend to camp at Kerr.

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Photo of a few water covered sites by Kerr Lake Park Watch – October 9, 2015

In their Tuesday meeting, US Army Corps of Engineers staffers told their stakeholders and affiliates that managing the flow through during this weather event has been taxing, ” I haven’t resorted to antacids, but those of us involved have lost some sleep.” said Ashley Hatchell, a water resource manager with the Corps.  The system got pounded by two wet weather systems with Hurrican Joaquin off the shore of North Carolina.

Kerr Lake USACE Project Manager Michael Womack sent Kerr Lake Park Watch some charts for campgrounds, boat ramps and more and how they are impacted at various water levels over 300 feet.  “Most of the numbers were compiled based on visual observation and discussion with the managing entities,” said Womack.

It would be a good idea for you, as a Kerr Lake user, to review these charts.  Many campers observe the lake level and make records and know whether to visit their favorite site or not based on water levels.

CAMPSITES

USEABLE CAMPSITES AT VARIOUS WATER LEVELS USACE 1

BEACHES

USEABLE BEACHES AT VARIOUS WATER LEVELS USACE 1

BOAT RAMPS

USEABLE BOAT RAMPS AT VARIOUS WATER LEVELS USACE 1

MARINAS (Prepared before Rudd’s Creek Marina was built)

USEABLE MARINAS AT VARIOUS WATER LEVELS USACE 1

Posted in: KLPW - Boating and Related Improvements, KLPW - Campground Facilities and Improvements, KLPW - US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, KLPW - WATER RELATED, KLPW - Water Safety

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