As the busiest weekend of the year at Kerr Lake moves forward in the sunshine, the rain remnants of flooded campsites remind us that nearly
25 percent of the campers at the seven NC State Recreation Areas on the North Carolina side are not getting their Memorial Day holiday at Kerr Lake.

WRAL’s Tara Lynn updates the situation:  http://www.wral.com/rising-waters-cause-flooding-at-kerr-lake-campsites/13672992/

The lake’s level is still near 305 feet above sea level.

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NORTH CAROLINA SIDE OF KERR LAKE HIT HARDEST
WITH HIGH WATER CAMPSITE CLOSURES FOR MEMORIAL WEEKEND – Spawning Striped Bass in Roanoke River Get Nod/Blame for Slow Release

The 306’ water level at Kerr Lake is anticipated to lower to only about 305-feet above sea level
for this weekend, the Memorial Day holiday. In a testy, if not often heated meeting yesterday, the US Army Corps of Engineers took repeated questions …

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Kerr Lake Park Watch has issued a HIGH WATER NOTICE for Memorial Day Weekend.  Several KLPW members constantly monitor the water level of Kerr Lake which is measured hourly by the US Army Corps of Engineers.  The normal “full pool” level is 300 feet.  That means that the lake level is 300 feet above mean sea level.KLPW member Larry Matthews is one of those who has kept a sharp eye on the water level forRead More

Within a matter of days, Staunton River opens for a new
season and this year that’s not all that’s new.

At Staunton River State Park, preparations are under
way for the 2014 summer season opening. Although park manager Adam Layman is certainly not new to the park, he officially assumed the position of manager last November. Over the winter,

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When the original campsites were put in around Kerr Lake in the 1960’s most consisted of a graded off site, sloped
in relation to the ground around and fairly unlevel. Then came the lean-to’s, the tents and a few trailers. A good site might have some gravel spewed across it and a picnic table. Then came
20-amp electric service and shared water but the campsites still remained “undefined” meaning it had no borders. Campground borders keep …

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The Division of State Parks in North Carolina is reaching out to you who use state parks and more importantly to the members of Kerr Lake Park Watch, those of you who use the seven (7) SRA’s or State Recreation Areas of Kerr Lake, to tell the leaders of state parks what you want out of your parks.   This is what the state parks link looks like at:  http://ncparks.gov/Visit/main.php You really need to takeRead More

Hearing the news that the EPA, the Virginia Department of Health and the NC Department of Health & Human
Resources said, “It’s OK to play in Kerr Lake today” it seems like that the even the wildlife around the lake knows that something is up, maybe even better. At Kerr Lake Park
Watch
, we think the news didn’t come a minute to soon, and for now, is something to soar about.

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Ask a simple question and finally, months later, you get an answer. Kerr Lake Park Watch greatly acknowledges the
efforts of Michael T Womack,
Operations Project Manager at John H. Kerr Reservoir, in securing answers about the recreational effects of
coal ash on the lake’s visitors.

Quietly and unobtrusively last week, the Virginia Department of Health and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services put out a

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COAL ASH? Do we know the current safety level of Kerr Lake? No! Because
NO PUBLIC AGENCY will speak to that. So we’ll head on to the picnic areas and campsites…because it’s time to PIG OUT KERR LAKE STYLE!


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Update Story Posted by on The Indy onThu, May 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Last week Tom Reeder, the director of DENR’s Division of Water Resources, emphatically told lawmakers that no coal ash deposits have been found to date in
Kerr Lake.

“There’s been a lot of anecdotal reporting about ash in Kerr Lake,” Reeder said at an Environmental Review Commission meeting.

He added …

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