W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir
W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir on the Yadkin River in Wilkes County, NC blends recreation and nature as the Blue Ridge Mountains provide the perfect backdrop. Kerr Scott, with its 2279 acres of public land and a reservoir of 1475 acres, was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1962 and maintained today for the purpose of flood control, water supply, fish & wildlife management, and public recreational use. This park was named for North Carolina governor and U.S. Senator William Kerr Scott (1896-1958), a water resources advocate who helped gain approval for the dam construction project while serving NC as U.S. Senator.
W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir offers visitors multiple uses including boating, camping, fishing, hunting, swimming, biking, hiking, or a simple picnic. User fees are required for certain activities. A stop at the Visitor Assistance Center is a must to become familiar with the fourteen different recreation areas, rules, and fees. The Visitor's Center also houses educational exhibits about the history and wildlife along the Yadkin River. Before leaving, catch the latest information available on sections of the park closed due to storm damage, weather conditions, and construction.
W. Kerr Scott Lake is an ideal location for the boater and angler. Seven boat launches provide lake access along with Skyline Marina offering fuel, bait, and a snack bar. Fishing is allowed in all areas of the reservoir except near the dam. Three fishing piers provide anglers a chance to hook over a dozen species of fish. N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission rules apply for boaters and fishermen as well as hunters to the three designated hunting areas. Swimmers have five designated areas to choose from; however, swimming is not allowed in boating channels or at boat ramps and docks.
Camping at W. Kerr Scott is a popular activity with three campgrounds available April-October. Grounds include RV, tent, and group sites as well as children's playgrounds and shower houses. Open year-round is the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir's Trail System for biking and hiking. The system covers over twenty-five miles of trails, all open to pedestrians with several open for mountain biking. The biking trails can fulfill the needs of both beginning and advanced riders. While here, why not enjoy a picnic? Picnic tables, handicap accessible tables, and covered tables are offered at nine different sites on a first-come, first-serve basis. Large groups can reserve a picnic area by contacting the park.
W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir is a place to escape whether your pace is fast or slow. Visits can be a strenuous adventure or a relaxing moment in time. The possibilities are indeed endless in this northwestern North Carolina community.