NCWRC Operation Alerts - Weather-Related Closures

This list of Commission-related closings, cancellations and/or postponements due to weather-related incidents will be updated as we receive information. Consider bookmarking this page and checking back frequently.

Take precautions around navigation and danger buoys

High water requires increased safety awareness

Dams and spillways can be beautiful to look at, but the water immediately above and immediately beneath them is treacherous. The Commission reminds the public to heed warning signs posted near dangerous areas and avoid boating and swimming in these areas. Unusual swirling currents can pull boats and people toward the dam and under the water.

People should watch for increased currents, wear life jackets and stay alert to changing weather conditions. Additionally, high water can sweep heavy debris into waterways, so boaters should stay alert for partially-submerged objects.


CLOSINGS - Updated Feb. 15, 2019

Boating Access Areas (BAAs) and Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) by Region:

Many BAAs and PFAs are unsuitable for launching or retrieving a vessel and/or fishing. Commission staff are now evaluating specific BAAs and PFAs and posting closures as needed.  


Coastal Region

  • Great Lake BAA, Craven County
  • Tory Hole BAA, Bladen County


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed one lock and dam on the Cape Fear River in Bladen County:

Lock #3 Access Area – 996 Locks 1 Rd Riegelwood, NC - closed until further notice due to damage sustained in the hurricane.


Game Lands (listed alphabetically):

Gates are closed to vehicular access on the following game lands or game land tracts. These roads will remain closed until they have each been evaluated and deemed to be safe and suitable for public use.


  • Lower Roanoke Game Lands, Martin County: CLOSED SECTION: Conoho Tract: River Road access at Moratoc Park
  • PeeDee River Game Land, Richmond County: CLOSED SECTION: Diggs Tract (Campground Road)
  • Sandhills Game Land, Richmond County: CLOSED SECTION: Gum Swamp Lake