NCWRC’s latest closings due to COVID-19

This list shows the NCWRC's latest closures, cancelations, and postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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 AreaSorted By Boat Access Area In Ascending Order 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
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

March 17-30, 2020

  • Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville
  • Outer Banks Education Center in Corolla
  • Pisgah Education Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest

March 20, 2020 – Until Further Notice

  • Watha State Fish Hatchery in Watha
  • McKinney Lake State Fish Hatchery, in Hoffman
  • Table Rock State Fish Hatchery, in Burke County
  • Armstrong State Fish Hatchery, in McDowell County
  • Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery, in Transylvania County
  • Marion State Fish Hatchery, in McDowell County

March 23, 2020 – Until Further Notice

  • John Lentz Hunter Education Complex in Richmond County
  • Flintlock Valley Shooting Range in Uwharrie National Forest, Montgomery County
  • R. Wayne E. Smith Cold Mountain Shooting Range in Haywood County
  • Holly Shelter Shooting Range in Pender County
  • Odom Shooting Range in Northampton County

March 14 – April 25, 2020
YHEST Tournaments – POSTPONED; Date-TBD
YHEST District Tournament Page

March 14-April 30, 2020
Hunter Education Classes – CANCELLED

March 14 – April 30, 2020
Internet Field Days – CANCELLED

March 15-April 28, 2020
Boater Safety Education Classes – CANCELLED

March 25-30, 2020
Wild Turkey Hunting Seminars – CANCELLED

March 26, 2020
Green Growth Toolbox Workshop in Marion- CANCELLED
Forest Her Workshop in Marion – POSTPONED – Date TBD

March 27, 2020
Green Growth Toolbox in Asheville – CANCELLED

March 28, 2020
Bowhunter Education Workshop – CANCELLED

March 30 & 31, 2020
Public Input Meetings-Deer Hunting with Dogs in Kenansville & Williamston – POSTPONED – Date TBD

April 3, 2020
Green Growth Toolbox in Currituck County – POSTPONED – Date TBD

March 3-5, 2020
Becoming an Outdoors Woman weekend in Tyrrell County – CANCELLED

April 15, 2020
Outdoor Days at the OBX in Corolla – CANCELLED

April 16, 2020
Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee Meeting – pending teleconferencing arrangements

April 18, 2020
Trapper Education Workshop in Morrisville – CANCELLED

April 19, 2020
Family Fishing Fiesta in Apex – CANCELLED

Public Fishing Areas Closings

  • Yadkin Shore PFA in Yadkin County
  • Bells Church fishing pier is closed; public fishing area remains open.

Game Land Closings

Due to landowner’s requests in response to COVID-19, the following game lands are closed:

  • DuPont State Forest Game Land

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