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High water closes Kerr Lake campsites

Posted May 20, 2008
Updated May 21, 2008

— About a third of the campsites at Kerr Lake are flooded because of an above-normal lake level, a state parks and recreation official said Tuesday.

The water level there was about 306 feet on Monday, 4 feet above normal, Bryce Fleming, superintendent of the Kerr Lake State Recreation Area, said.

And that is bad news for the state park with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Fleming said the park would lose an estimated $10,000 in revenue.

The high waters affect 196 of the 646 camping sites. At many sites, picnic tables are partially covered in water and fish were swimming around them.

Visitors able to camp at the lake said the flooding has also been an inconvenience to them. Boat ramps are also closed, and they are having to drive to ramps farther away to get on the lake.

Campers said they expected the water levels to be high, but didn't expect them to be like they are.

High gas prices could also deter some people who live farther away from visiting the lake this weekend, but Fleming said the cost also could draw some local visitors who don't want to travel too far.


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  • haggis basher May 22, 2008

    Assuming Lake Kerr has a dam (are there any "natural" lakes in NC?) why are the campsites ramps etc built above the level of the spillway so they never flood? I wonder how many feet above the facilities the spillway is....

  • PeaceOut2017 May 21, 2008

    Raleigh will try to find a way to tax flood waters

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 20, 2008

    Compared to two months ago, what an irony!

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount May 20, 2008

    Special! Rain Barrels, 99 cents!

  • rmgirl May 20, 2008

    I guess the Governor will have to do an ad for a threat of too much wather flooding our state now. Go ahead, Mr. Smith, water your garden...there is way too much water in the state.

  • Fun May 20, 2008

    Bet you a dollar to a doughnut that water revenue is redirected and paying for things like oh lets say, city owned restaurants, civic centers, or mayor's pet projects.

  • dianadarling May 20, 2008

    canes06 i'm with you.
    next there will be an ordinance telling you to use more water so the level will go down and your bill will go up.

  • PeaceOut2017 May 20, 2008

    Maybe Bingo can finally get his much needed bath

  • Southern Fried Yankee May 20, 2008

    If this were a REAL market supply and demand would rule the day.....There's an excess supply and demand is steady, therefore, the price should go down....

    But, noooooooooooooooo.....

  • enoughsenough May 20, 2008

    I heard on the news yesterday that Raleigh was going to raise the water rates because after residents cut back on their water use like they were asked to, has meant smaller water bills resulting in loss of revenue for the city. How much do you want to bet that now that we have plenty of water, and we start using more, they don't lower water rates to where they were before the drought.