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 June 19, 2020

Due to COVID-19:

  • Pisgah Game Land - USDA Forest Service has reopened most roads and trails on Pisgah National Forest. Please visit this page for a complete list of 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 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.
  • Holly Shelter Game Land - Lodge Road at Ashes Creek is closed due to damage.
  • Stones Creek Game Land - Lake Road will close effective Monday, June 22 until further notice for public safety during management operations.   

Public Fishing Area Closings

Updated July 2, 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
  • Broughton Pond - Burkemont, Burke County - closed from July 10, 2020, 6 p.m to July 11, 2020, 2 p.m.
  • Horse Park - Little Tennessee River, Swain County - closed for renovation
  • Lansing Park - Ashe County - closed for repairs
  • Marshall Steam Plant - Lake Norman, Catawba County - closed for repairs