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Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
6254 Satterwhite Point Road
Henderson, NC 27537
(252) 438-7791
kerr.lake@ncmail.net
Park Description
Set a course for Kerr Lake State Recreation Area to enjoy sailing, fishing, water skiing and camping. This 50,000-acre, man-made lake is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and landlubbers alike. The lake is situated in the northeast corner of the Piedmont region and covers both Virginia and North Carolina. The recreation area's headquarters are located north of Henderson at Satterwhite Point. More than 800 miles of wooded shoreline provide access to a variety of fun-filled activities on the lake. Relax and enjoy water sports at any of the seven recreation areas operated by the NC Division of Parks and Recreation along this expansive reservoir.

Park hours November-February, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. March and October, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. April, September, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. May-August, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Christmas Day Kerr Lake gates are locked at closing time.

Park office hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends Closed state holidays

Accessible facilities Persons with disabilities will find access to a wide range of recreational facilities at Kerr Lake. All paved parking lots have special spaces available, and the restrooms and shower houses are also accessible. The Bullocksville and Henderson Point areas offer accessible fishing piers, and accessible camping sites are available at all camping areas. Accessible picnic areas are available at Bullocksville, Satterwhite Point and Henderson Point, and our community buildings are barrier free. Rangers can guide you to facilities best suited to your needs.

Boating Enjoy boating throughout the year. Each recreation area has one or more concrete boat-launching ramps. County Line, Henderson Point, Hibernia and Nutbush recreation areas provide 24-hour access to the water.

Two commercial marinas, Steele Creek Marina and Satterwhite Point Marina, are open year round and offer mooring, slips, service and supplies. Distances and shorelines may be deceiving to the navigator who is unfamiliar with the lake. The Uniform Waterway Marker System has been installed for your safety. Obey all buoys and markers.

Sailing: Prevailing winds offer ideal conditions for sailing enthusiasts. County Line, Henderson Point and Kimball Point have expansive bodies of water particularly well-suited for sailing. Sudden wind changes and large waves are not unusual, so cautious seamanship is advised.

Camping

Family Camping: Kerr Lake offers hundreds of wooded tent and trailer campsites, many of them on the water's edge. Both electric hookup and non-electrical sites are offered. Many of the electrical sites have hookups for water directly on the site, but some require up to 100 feet of hose to reach the water hookup.

The majority of the campsites have a picnic table, fire pit/ring or grill, and tent pad. Playgrounds, public telephones, hot showers, restrooms and dump stations are nearby. Campsites are available on a first-come basis for a fee. Reservations may be made for a stay of a week or longer at least one week in advance. The maximum stay in the park is two weeks.

Bullocksville offers 69 tent/trailer campsites, 30 with water and electric hookups. The campground is open the week before Easter through Labor Day. A softball field is located nearby.

County Line offers 84 campsites, 41 with electric hookups. Sites are available for RV and tent/trailer camping. Henderson Point has 79 campsites, 45 with electric hookups. Both campgrounds are open the week before Easter through Labor Day.

Hibernia offers both RV and tent/trailer camping. Out of 150 campsites, 50 sites have electric hookups. The campground is open the week before Easter through the end of October. Also open during this time is Kimball Point with 91 tent/trailer campsites, 23 sites with electric hookups available to RVs.

Nutbush and Satterwhite Point campsites are open year round. Nutbush has 103 campsites, 60 with hookups for RVs. Satterwhite Point has 119 sites, 60 with electric hookups for RVs.

Reservations for campsites are accepted beginning the first working day in January for a minimum of seven nights and no longer than 14 nights. The reservation must be made at least one week in advance, and advance payment must cover the full amount of the reservation. Reservations can be made in person at the park office or can be mailed to the park office with payment. Cancellation of the reservation must be in writing, and a cancellation fee equal to a one-night campsite fee will be deducted from the refund.

Group Camping: Hibernia, Henderson Point and Satterwhite Point have areas set aside for camping clubs and groups. Group campsites provide privacy, drinking water and restrooms. To reserve a campsite, please contact the park office. The Hibernia and Satterwhite Point group sites are open the week before Easter and can be used through the end of October. Group campsites are by reservation only. Reservations may be made for one night and may not exceed 14 nights. These reservations must be made one week in advance and include full payment for the site.

Community building Reserve a community building for your next family reunion or organization meeting. Bullocksville, Henderson Point and Satterwhite Point each have a community building located on the lakeshore. Each building has a meeting room, kitchen facilities and restrooms.

Reservations for community buildings and picnic shelters will be accepted beginning the first working day in January. The reservation must be made at least one week in advance and can be made in person or by calling the park office.

After making the reservation, the park office must receive a completed contract and full payment from the renter within two weeks. If the reservation is made within two weeks of the date the facility will be rented, the completed contract and full payment must be received by the park office no less than one week before the reservation date. Cancellation of reservations must be made in writing.

Education and events Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Kerr Lake State Recreation Area. Click here to search our database of park events. Satterwhite Point has a visitor's center complete with an exhibit hall. An accessible nature trail with an overlook, as well as an amphitheater, are nearby.

To arrange a special exploration of Kerr Lake State Recreation Area for your group or class, contact the park office.

Educational materials about Kerr Lake State Recreation Area have been developed for grades 3-5 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Kerr Lake program focuses on environmental stewardship and recycling processes. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.

Fishing One of the best fishing lakes in the eastern United States, Kerr Lake features striped bass, largemouth bass, white perch and crappie. Fish from a boat or fish from the piers at Bullocksville and Henderson Point. The pier at Henderson Point is open 24 hours per day.

Hiking Bullocksville, Satterwhite Point and Hibernia areas have nature paths offering a closer look at the aquatic environment.

Picnicking Choose from more than 300 picnic tables and 11 shelters with access to the lakeshore and boat ramps. Shelters vary in size and seat up to 50 people. The shelters have running water and are free of charge unless reservations are requested.

Reservations for community buildings and picnic shelters will be accepted beginning the first working day in January. The reservation must be made at least one week in advance and can be made in person or by calling the park office.

After making the reservation, the park office must receive a completed contract and full payment from the renter within two weeks. If the reservation is made within two weeks of the date the facility will be rented, the completed contract and full payment must be received by the park office no less than one week before the reservation date. Cancellation of reservations must be made in writing.

Reservations Family Campsites: Reservations for campsites are accepted beginning the first working day in January for a minimum of seven nights and no longer than 14 nights. The reservation must be made at least one week in advance, and advance payment must cover the full amount of the reservation. Reservations can be made in person at the park office or can be mailed to the park office with payment. Cancellation of the reservation must be in writing, and a cancellation fee equal to a one-night campsite fee will be deducted from the refund.

Group Campsites: To reserve a group campsite, please contact the park office. The Hibernia and Satterwhite Point group sites are open the week before Easter and can be used through the end of October. Group campsites are by reservation only. Reservations may be made for one night and may not exceed 14 nights. These reservations must be made one week in advance and include full payment for the site.

Community Buildings and Picnic Shelters: Reservations for community buildings and picnic shelters will be accepted beginning the first working day in January. The reservation must be made at least one week in advance and can be made in person or by calling the park office. After making the reservation, the park office must receive a completed contract and full payment from the renter within two weeks. If the reservation is made within two weeks of the date the facility will be rented, the completed contract and full payment must be received by the park office no less than one week before the reservation date. Cancellation of reservations must be made in writing.

Swimming Satterwhite Point will have designated swimming area with accessible change rooms and restrooms. Personal flotation devices are loaned at the park office and at Satterwhite Point, as well as at the Hibernia, Kimball Point and Henderson Point areas.

Fees: Fee structure not known
No Metro Region listed. Park Management: State

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