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 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 parking area and trail are closed for maintenance work until the project is complete.  No permits will be issued during this time.
    • 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.
  • Buffalo Cove Game Land - Cove Branch Road will be closed for approximately 18 months beginning February 11, 2022. The road is closed for timber operations on the game land.
  • 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 Area Closings

Updated June 10, 2022

  • Lena Davis Landing-the PFA at Lena Davis Landing in Jackson County on the Tuckasegee River is closed for repairs.