KERR LAKE

UNC-Chapel Hill Kerr Lake Recreation Association operates a recreational area on a 230-acre peninsula on Kerr Lake, one of North Carolina’s most popular locations for water sports and outdoor relaxation. The shore and coves are well-suited for swimming and fishing, and the lake is ideal for water-skiing, canoeing, sailing, or simply a leisurely weekend outdoors. The University area is an easy 90-minute drive from Chapel Hill. Permits are available in 307 Woollen Gym by cash or check only. For more information, please call Kelly Hair at  919-962-0017.

Permit Information

  • Facilities: Lake facilities open May 1, 2018, and permits are now available for purchase!
  • Photos: Photos from Kerr Lake facilities can be viewed here.
  • Map: A map of Kerr Lake can be viewed here.
  • Sites: Approximately 40 non-reserved campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis to members. All sites are wooded, near the water, and accessible by car. Additional sites in specific areas may also be reserved for the entire season.
  • Open Area Trailer Parking: Members are eligible to keep their campers or boats at the lake for the season or year-round with the purchase of an open area parking permit for each item ($75/per item).
  • Group Use Area: Under maintenance at this time.  Please contact Kelly Hair at 919-962-0017.
  • Additional Facilities: Toilet facilities, as well as electric wells with tested water, are located near all sites, and a concrete launching ramp and boat dock are available.

Policies

Please see the attached statement of policies that governs the use of the UNC Kerr Lake Recreation Area by individuals and their guests. Please read and familiarize yourself with these policies before filling out a Permit Application.

  • Click here to download the 2018 Kerr Lake Recreation Area Use Policies.
  • Click here to download the 2018 printable, complete Fee Schedule

Daily/Annual Use Permits

The area is open to employees and retirees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC Hospitals, and University of North Carolina General Administration, as well as current students of UNC at Chapel Hill.

Permits must be purchased at the EXSS Office located in 307 Woollen Gym (Please call 919-962-0017 to confirm availability of key/permit pick-up.)  Members and their families are included in daily and annual use permit fees.  Daily permits include day visits or overnight stays. Annual permit holders receive a key for the facilities to keep for the entire season.

  • Click here to download the 2018 Permit Application.
  • Click here to download the 2018 Release Form.

Guest Permits

Adult guests of members are required to pay an additional daily guest fee per adult or they may purchase an Annual Guest Permit which may be used by the purchaser’s guests throughout the season, but not for more than one family at a time. Guests admitted with this permit must be accompanied by the host family and use the same campsite. Members are responsible for the conduct of their guests.

 Fees

Daily Use Permit for non-reserved sites

Student $10
Employee $15
Guest $5/day

 

Annual Use Permits for non-reserved sites

Student $75
Employee $150
Guest $60

 

Annual Use Permits for reserved sites

Grassy Point (electricity and water) $700
Rocky Point (with water) $500
Brush Point (with water) $500
Oak Point (electricity and water) $700

 

Group Use Areas

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 

Camper/Boat Storage

Grassy Point (electricity and water) $700
Rocky Point (with water) $500
Brush Point (with water) $500
Oak Point (electricity and water) $700

 

Boat Mooring

Annual Permit – Requires Annual Camping Permit (purchased together)                $150

 

Directions

From Chapel Hill —

  • Take Interstate 85 North to Exit 214 ( Hwy 39/Henderson).
  • Turn left and follow Hwy 39 North for 13.5 miles. (You will pass through Townsville.)
  • Turn right onto Rock Spring Church Road at the fork (There is a Baptist Church and a sign to Henderson Point at the fork).
  • Go 2.1 miles and turn right onto Woodsworth Road (this is also County Road 1358; The closed Jefferson’s Grocery is on the corner).
  • The UNC-CH Recreation Area is about 1-mile down Woodsworth Road/County Road 1358.
  • Enter areas A, B and C on the right. Areas D and E (boat ramp) are on the left.

 

CONTACT US

307 Woollen Gym
CB#8700
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8700
Ph:  919-962-0017
Fax: 919-962-0489