COVID-19 Updates

Across North Carolina, residents are adapting to social distancing practices and mass gathering restrictions due to COVID-19. Please see updated list of COVID-19 Orders and Directives by Gov. Roy Cooper. 

Although the NC Wildlife Resources Commission promotes outdoor recreational pursuits they should be done in a manner consistent with CDC social distancing guidelines and in compliance with any applicable Emergency Orders at the municipality, city, county, state and federal level.

There have been no changes to North Carolina hunting or fishing license requirements, seasons, or bag/creel limits.

COVID-19-Related Closings, Cancellations and Postponements

Boating Access Area Closings

Boating Access Area County Body of Water Date Ranges Closed Reason for Closure
Cedar Cliff Jackson Cedar Cliff Lake Until Fall 2024 Drawdown and Dam Maintenance - Duke Energy Water Access Alerts
East Lake Ferry Dare Alligator River Closed indefinitely  
Great Lake Craven Great Lake Until Further Notice Hurricane Damage
Hibernia Vance John H. Kerr Reservoir 3/14/2023 - Until Further Notice Paving project
Kenansville Duplin Northeast Cape Fear River 4/1/2023 Emergency Management Training Exercise
Poyner's Road Currituck Tull Creek 4/14/2023 Currituck County Emergency Management exercise
Rhodes Pond BAA & PFA Cumberland Rhodes Pond Until Further Notice Dam Renovation
Salters Creek Carteret Salters Creek Until 3/31/2023 Intermittent closures due to dredging around channel.
South Point Gaston Lake Wylie Until 3/31/2023 Parking lot repairs.
Straits Landing Carteret North River Until Further Notice DOT Bridge Construction Work - Intermittent Closures and Limited Parking
William O'Huske Lock and Dam Bladen Cape Fear River 3/20/2023-5/15/2023 Lock Renovation - Army Corps of Engineers

Event Postponements or Cancellations

Cancelled Until Further Notice:

Hunter Education:

In-person, virtual, and online only options available


Boater Education:

In-person and online only options available


Trapper Education Courses

In-person available

Bow Hunter Education Courses

In-person available

Internet Field Days

The field day requirement for online HE courses is waived until further notice.

Facility Closings


Fish Hatchery Closings

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


Game Land Closings

Updated March 1, 2022

Due to COVID-19:

  • National Forest Game Lands - USDA Forest Service has temporarily shut down some recreational facilities. Please visit this page for a list of current closures.

Due to weather-related and other incidents, access on the following game lands or game land areas is restricted. Access roads and trails will remain closed until they have each been evaluated and deemed to be safe and suitable for public use.


  • Big Bradley Falls Trail at Green River Game Land - The waterfall and the posted areas adjacent to the waterfall and overlook along the Big Bradley Falls Trail have been designated as a Temporary Restricted Zone by the Commission until further notice.  Entry into the Zone is prohibited without first obtaining written approval from the Commission. Written approval can be obtained by filling out and signing a Memorandum of Agreement (click link for Outfitter or Individual Agreement) and emailing it to The signed Agreement will be returned to you via email within 5 business days. For questions about the Agreement, please call 919-707-0150 or email Anyone who accesses the area without prior written approval could be charged with a Class 3 Misdemeanor, which carries a fine of $25 and additional court costs.
  • Croatan Game Land- Mill Branch Rd is closed to vehicle and foot traffic.  Surrounding game land is still open for hunting.
  • Hyco Game Land - a 28-acre area adjacent to the dam on After Bay Reservoir is temporarily closed due to maintenance and construction by Duke Energy. The area's perimeter is posted with "No Trespass" signs.
  • National Forests - current road and facility closures are listed on this page.

Public Fishing Access Area Closings

Updated March 2, 2023

  • Snow Hill PFA-The public fishing area at the Snow Hill Boat Ramp is closed indefinitely for repair.

Public Mountain Trout Waters


Related Agency Closings and Information

COVID-19-Related Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Customer Service-Related FAQ

Fishing-Related FAQ

Hunting-Related FAQ

Game Land-Related FAQ

Boating-Related FAQ

Wildlife Rehabilitator FAQ

The Wildlife Commission compiled information to address frequently asked questions (FAQs) staff are receiving from wildlife rehabilitators and members of the public regarding wildlife rehabilitation during the pandemic. Download FAQs about COVID-19 & Wildlife Rehabilitators (PDF) For bats, please refer to Bat Activities During COVID-19 (PDF).

Recommendations on Activities Involving Bats

Temporary suspension of activities requiring direct contact with batsBat Activities During COVID-19 (PDF)