NCWRC Operations Closings and Alerts

Commission-related closings due to weather, response to COVID-19 and other incidents.

Boating Access Area Closings

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Game Land Closings

Updated September 21, 2023

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 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.
  • Buffalo Cove Game Land - Cove Branch Road is closed at the lower gate for logging. Expected completion date is November 1st, 2024.
  • Croatan National Forest - the main entrance gate on the Pettiford Creek tract is closed due to some storm damage on a culvert in the main road. The tract is located off of Starhill Drive in Cape Carteret.
  • 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 alerts and closures are listed on this page.

Public Fishing Area Closings

Updated September 29, 2023

  • Crowders Mountain State Park PFA - Shorts Lake, Gaston County - closed for kayak launch construction until further notice.
  • Mountain Island PFA - Mountain Island Reservoir, Gaston County - closed for dam maintenance until early 2026.
  • Wittenburg PFA - Lake Hickory, Alexander County - closed due to construction activities on the Alexander County swim beach until further notice. The BAA is open.