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  • Lakes & Recreation

    Water Access Alerts

    Boat ramp closures in effect due to drought conditions, high water or maintenance.

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    Water Access Alerts 


    Lake James
    • Bridgewater Canoe Portage Access Area – Due to construction activities at the Linville Dam that began in 2018 and will continue into 2020, the Bridgewater Canoe Portage, as well as Powerhouse Road, will be closed for the duration of the construction work. The Bridgewater Fishing Area remains open for use.
    • Hidden Cove Access Area – Hidden Cove Access Area is managed by Lake James State Park and closed seasonally for the winter months. The access area and all associated facilities will reopen on March 1, 2020. 
    Lake Wylie
    • Ebenezer Access Area – Beginning Nov. 4, 2019, York County, in cooperation with Duke Energy, will temporarily close the boat ramps and day use facilities at Ebenezer Access Area (Ebenezer Park) on Lake Wylie for site upgrades. Work is expected to be complete with all facilities reopened by June 2020.

    Yadkin-Pee Dee

    Blewett Falls Lake 
    • Blewett Falls Tailrace Fishing Area will be closed to the public due to storm damage received during Hurricane Florence and associated construction activity in the area. A new fishing platform is currently scheduled to open to the public in 2020.  

    East Fork of the Tuckasegee

    Cedar Cliff Lake
    • A drawdown of Cedar Cliff Lake began on Sept. 3, 2019. The lake will be lowered approximately 40 feet below full pond to perform required maintenance at Cedar Cliff Dam. Construction is estimated to take approximately 24 months. The Cedar Cliff Access Area will be closed for the duration of the drawdown. The site will remain closed until construction is complete and the lake returns to a level of 93 feet or greater. The time required to refill the lake will depend on weather conditions and inflows. 

    All closure and open dates are projected and may be impacted by weather.

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