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Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Copyright: - North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Description - The Occoneechee Indians once lived in the Kerr Lake area until they were dispersed by Nathaniel Bacon in 1676. The Roanoke River was the main transportation and supply route for Native Americans and early settlers. Constant and regular flooding of the river provided rich and productive farmland that sustained the area for generations. Development of cities and homes along the river, and the increased demand for flood control and electricity, led to the construction of John H. Kerr Reservoir. It was named after the North Carolina congressman instrumental in its development. Construction began in 1946 and was completed in 1953. The Kerr Reservoir Commission was created to govern the parks on the North Carolina side of the lake. The Division of Parks and Recreation eventually took control of the seven recreation areas of the reservoir in 1971. In addition to water resource management, the project provides fish and wildlife conservation, forest management and recreation.

Recreation - This 50,000 acre man-made lake is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The area offers sailing, fishing, boating and water-skiing, family camping, group camping and picnicking. No protected swimming area offered.

Flora and fauna thrive in this recreation area. Colorful wildflowers like tickseed sunflowers, butterfly weeds and asters can be found nestled next to a number of oak species as well as loblolly pines. White-tailed deer, rabbit, quail, red fox and raccoons are some of the most common forms of wildlife. Bluebirds, goldfinches and wrens sing in the trees as wood ducks and mallard paddle in the nearby water. Soaring in the sky overhead are red-tailed hawk, osprey and the bald eagle. At night you may hear the great-horned, barred or screech owl.

Kerr Lake has three community buildings, perfect for large gatherings.

Special events held throughout the year include Fourth of July fireworks, Labor Day Boat and Parade of Lights, many bass fishing tournaments and the Governor's Cup Invitational Regatta.

The rangers will guide you on exciting explorations where you'll uncover fascinating surroundings and make great discoveries about the world in which we live. Interpretive programs take place throughout the year. Contact the park office for the schedule.

All parking lots have special spaces available for wheelchair access. Restrooms and shower houses are also accessible.

Climate - North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations. The mountains tend to be substantially cooler and receive some winter snow.

In the Piedmont Region, winter daytime temperatures normally range from the upper 30's to the upper 40s. Summer daytime temperatures range from the high 70's to the low 90's. The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44-52 inches (112-132 centimeters).

Location - Eleven miles north of Henderson off US 85 to SR 1319.

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Kerr Lake State Recreation Area, 269 Glasshouse Road , Henderson, NC, 27536, Phone: 252-438-7791, Fax: 252-438-7582
, kela@vance.net

Additional Information:
Coastal Region - Throughout history, the coastal regions of the globe have been major attractions. North Carolina's Coastal Region is no different. With its mild climate, this beautiful eastern region of the state entertains millions of guests all year.
North Carolina Lakes & Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs in North Carolina range from huge reservoirs to small lakes. Many of the lakes are surrounded by campgrounds, picnic areas and trails. Some of the larger lakes have State Parks along their shores while others fall within the National Forest lands.
North Carolina State Parks - North Carolina's State Parks offer wonderful beach camping to mountain wilderness camping. There are hiking trails in all sorts of forest types and countless fishing opportunities. The entire state, from the mountain to the piedmont area to the coast is rich in history and well highlighted at the parks.
Piedmont Region - Located in the center of the state, this historically rich area once dominated by tobacco fields has been transformed into one of the East Coast's most dynamic new industrial mega centers.
Roanoke Rapids Area - The Roanoke Rapids area provides a doorway from the north. Located on the Virginia and North Carolina state lines and along I-95, Roanoke Rapids has millions of people pass through its town each year.
The Triangle Area - The Triangle gets its name because of the research triangle which includes Raleigh, Durham and the university town of Chapel Hill. This area has grown enormously in the last few years leaving "locals" struggling to hang on to their history and green space.

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