COVID-19 causes numerous cancelations, closures, postponements
As is the case across the nation, North Carolina’s Wildlife Resources Commission has canceled, closed, or postponed numerous activities, boat ramps, education centers, and workshops. This is a list that is current as of March 25, 2020.
The Commission expects this list to change as situations change, and we ask that North Carolina outdoorsmen check back often before heading to any specific game land, function, or boat ramp that is not currently listed.
At this time, no hunting or fishing seasons have been canceled. However, some places that were set to host hunting/fishing have been closed. While many of the closings listed below are due to the cornoavirus outbreak, some are because of other reasons. In such cases, the reasons are listed.
Boating Access Area Closures
|Boat Access Area||County||Body of Water||Date Range Closed||Reason for Closure|
|Barkers Creek||Jackson||Tuckasegee River||2/28/2020 – Until Further Notice||Tree removal.|
|Brices Creek||Craven||Brice Creek||Until Further Notice||USFS restroom closure in response to COVID-19.|
|Cedar Cliff||Graham||Cedar Cliff Lake||9/3/2019 – 9/2020||Drawdown and dam maintenance by Duke Energy. Suitable for carry-in paddle boats only. For more information, see Water Access Alerts on https://www.duke-energy.com/community/lakes|
|Great Lake||Craven||Great Lake||Until Further Notice||Hurricane Damage|
|Hancock Creek||Craven||Hancock Creek||Until Further Notice||USFS restroom closure in response to COVID-19.|
|Hanging Dog||Cherokee||Hiwassee Lake||Until Further Notice||USFS restroom closure in response to COVID-19.|
|Haywood Landing||Jones||White Oak River||Until Further Notice||USFS restroom closure in response to COVID-19.|
|Horse Park PFA||Swain||Tuckasegee River||Until Further Notice||Renovation|
|Lemmons Branch||Swain||Fontana Lake||Until Further Notice||USFS restroom closure in response to COVID-19.|
|Pollocksville||Jones||Trent River||1/27/2020 – Until Further Notice||Renovation|
|Ranger Station||Graham||Lake Santeetlah||Until Further Notice||USFS restroom closure in response to COVID-19.|
|Rhodes Pond BAA & PFA||Cumberland||Rhodes Pond||Until Further Notice||Dam Renovation|
|Salters Creek||Carteret||Salters Creek||2/17/2020 – Until Further Notice||Intermittent closures due to dredge operations.|
|Straits Landing||Carteret||North River||3/5/2020 – Until Further Notice||Intermittent closures and limited parking due to dredge operations.|
|Surf City||Pender||Intracoastal Waterway||Until Further Notice||Closed at the request of the landowner in response to COVID-19.|
|Tory Hole||Bladen||Cape Fear River||2/18/2020 – Until Further Notice||Flooding damage|
|The Yadkin Shore PFA||Yadkin||-Yadkin River||2/26/2020 – Until Further Notice||Flooding damage|