W. Kerr Scott Reservoir's Berry Mountain Park will be closed for the rest of the 2019 recreation season due to damage resulting from the lake's record high level early last month after heavy rain, announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday.
The bath house at Berry Mountain received some of that park’s worst damage when it was nearly completely submerged by the high waters, said a Corps spokesman. There was electrical and other damage to the facility.
The Corps spokesman noted that with Berry Mountain Park’s public swim beach closed, visitors wishing to swim can visit the public swim beaches at Boomer Park off N.C. 268 West or at Fort Hamby Park off U.S. 421 West.
As of Wednesday afternoon, all of the Warrior Creek trail system off N.C. 268 West remained closed, as well as the lake loop portion of the Dark Mountain trails near W. Kerr Scott Dam as of Wednesday.
All of the Overmountain Victory Trail system except for the Shiner’s Run Loop was re-opened Tuesday. This week, volunteers and reservoir staff were continuing repairs to reopen closed portions of trails. The latest update on trails is available by calling 336-921-3390. Ext. 2.
W. Kerr Scott Reservoir facilities closed Wednesday and not expected to re-open this week were:
• Warrior Creek Campground campsites one, 34-43 and 51-54;
• Bandit’s Roost Campground campsites seven and 16-22;
• Fort Hamby Park Campground campsite 19;
• Boomer and Marley’s Ford wildlife management areas;
• dam site shelter and vault toilets behind the W. Kerr Scott Visitor’s Center. The dam site boat ramp is open, as are all other boat ramps on the reservoir.
For the latest updates on openings and closings, contact or visit the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir Visitor Assistance Center near the dam. The phone number there is 336-921-3390. The W. Kerr Scott Facebook page also has updates. People with reservations for camping at the Reservoir can go to recreation.gov for information and other assistance.
The closures resulted from debris needing to be removed and necessary repairs, said the spokesman.
W. Kerr Scott Reservoir’s water level peaked at new record high of 1,062.61 feet above sea level on the afternoon of June 10 after as much as 15 inches of rain fell in the reservoir watershed June 7-9
The old record water level of 1,061.2 feet above sea level was set in November 1977. The normal level is 1,030 feet above sea level.
The water level rose as the rain-swollen Yadkin River and other streams entered the reservoir and the Corps reduced the release of water from the dam to prevent flooding downstream, as designed.