NCWRC Operations Closings and Alerts

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

Event and Facility Closings, Postponements & Cancellations

Visit the Commission's Coronavirus page.

Boating Access Area Closings

Visit the Commission's Where to Boat page.

Game Land Closings

Updated November 20, 2020

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.

  • Angola Bay Game Land - Wildcat Road is closed until further notice due to damage.
  • Big Bradley Falls Trail at Green River Game Land - the waterfall and overlook portion of the Trail was designated as a Temporary Restricted Zone by the Commission on May 27, 2020 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.
  • Chowan Swamp Game Land - Mapleton Tract: Sheep Ridge Road is closed due to storm damage.
  • Holly Shelter Game Land - Juniper Road is closed to vehicle traffic.
  • 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.
  • Lower Roanoke River Wetlands Game Land - Conoho Farms Unit A access road is closed due to high water from the river. Minges Impoundment at Conoho Tract is closed due to high water.
  • Suggs Mill Pond Game Land - Jessup’s Millpond Tract is closed until further notice for construction.

Public Fishing Area Closings

Updated November 23, 2020

Due to COVID-19:

  • Falls Lake Dam - Wake Forest, Wake County
  • Frank Liske Park - Concord, Cabarrus County
  • Fred G. Bond Metro Park - Cary, Wake County
  • Fox Pond - Henderson, Vance County
  • Kings Mountain Point - Badin Lake, Montgomery County
  • Lake Brandt Park - Greensboro, Guilford County
  • San-Lee Park - Sanford, Lee County
  • Shelley Lake - Raleigh, Wake County
  • Simpkins Pond - Raleigh, Wake County

Due to maintenance, repairs and other incidents:

  • Blewett Falls - Pee Dee River, Anson County - closed for repairs
  • Horse Park - Little Tennessee River, Swain County - closed for renovation
  • Hinson Lake - Hinson Lake, Richmond County - closed for construction
  • Marshall Steam Plant - Lake Norman, Catawba County - closed for repairs