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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 

Access Area Closures Related to COVID-19

As federal, state and local agencies issue directives related to mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Duke Energy access areas leased and managed by city, county and state entities may be impacted by closures. Some sites may remain open but experience temporary changes in procedures such as check-in, reservations and payments. Please check with the managing entity for details regarding temporary changes and closures. The public is asked to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while recreating at Duke Energy access areas. If recreation facilities cannot accommodate recommended social distancing of 6 feet or greater, users should seek alternative locations.  

Current related closures include:
(Updated April 30)

  • All public restroom facilities at Duke Energy-owned and managed access areas will be closed due to public health concerns related to the spread of COVID-19. 
  • South Carolina Executive Order 2020-25 authorizes the reopening of public boat ramps in South Carolina while fishing platforms are to remain closed. In accordance, all Duke Energy-owned and managed boat ramps in the state of South Carolina are open for the launching and retrieving of boats. Duke Energy sites leased and managed by municipalities may be closed or impacted as noted below. For more information regarding South Carolina Executive Orders, visit governor.sc.gov/executive-branch/executive-orders.
  • Lake Keowee – South Cove County Park, Oconee County, S.C. Boat ramps are open with limited access from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, all other park facilities are closed. For additional information, contact Oconee County PRT: 864.882.5250.
  • Lake Keowee – High Falls County Park, Oconee County, S.C. Boat ramps and all other park facilities are closed. For additional information, contact Oconee County PRT: 864.882.5250.
  • Lake Keowee – Fall Creek Access Area (South) is closed. Fall Creek (North) will remain open.
  • Lake Wylie – Mountain Island Tailrace Fishing Area is closed, Mountain Island Park (managed by Mt. Holly) will remain open. 
  • Pigeon River – Walters picnic area and facilities are closed, and Duke Energy is not currently taking reservations for future use. 
  • Bad Creek Hydro – Bad Creek Rd. will be temporarily closed to all nonessential travel, beginning March 23, 2020. Adjacent property owners will still have road access. This will restrict access to the Whitewater Falls Trailhead and all access points to public lands accessed via Bad Creek Rd.
  • Lake Glenville – Pines Recreation Area swim beach and restrooms closed.


Lake James
  • Bridgewater Canoe Portage Access Area - Updated March 9 - 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.
Lake Wylie
  • Ebenezer Access Area – Updated March 9 - 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. 

Cedar Creek – Rocky Creek

  • Cedar Creek Access Area - Updated March 9 - Cedar Creek Access Area will be temporarily closed due to damage to the entrance road sustained during high flows in early February. Updates will be posted as possible.

Yadkin-Pee Dee

Blewett Falls Lake 
  • Blewett Falls Tailrace Fishing Area - Updated March 9 - Due to storm damage received during Hurricane Florence and associated construction activity in the area Blewett Tailrace Fishing Platform is closed to the public. A new fishing platform is currently scheduled to open to the public in 2020.  

East Fork of the Tuckasegee

Cedar Cliff Lake
  • Cedar Cliff Access Area - Updated March 9 - 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.
Tuckasegee River
  • Barkers Creek Access Area – Updated March 9 - As of Feb. 28, 2020, the boat ramp at Barkers Creek Access Area will be temporarily closed for tree removal. Updates will be posted as possible.

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

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