Kerr Lake is vast and bursting with astonishing things found to be comforting to both physical and emotional senses that are somehow illustrious, immeasurable and timeless. The beauty of Kerr Lake’s nature is a flawless reflection of art. Leave behind life’s chaos and make the picturesque, tranquil, and captivating canvas of Kerr Lake your next vacation destination. With 850 miles of shoreline, this 50,000 acre reservoir is the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi and one of the greatest fishing lakes in the eastern United States. Rumor is: Kerr Lake has catfish that grow as big as men.

Renowned for largemouth and striped bass, white perch, crappie, and catfish, Kerr Lake serves as host to numerous local, regional, and national fishing tournaments. The boat ramps at the Nutbush Park are relevant for fishing tournaments of all sizes. Multiple boat ramps throughout the State Parks make for easy access on the water. Two private marinas offer fuel, boat repairs, fishing equipment, snacks, beverages, souvenirs, and more to fulfil a visitor’s needs.

Along with phenomenal fishing, visitors enjoy camping, boating, skiing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, nature trails, and bird watching. Annual visitation of over a million makes Kerr Lake one of the most visited state parks in North Carolina.

State Recreation

Kerr Lake State Recreation area is a collective of seven State Parks. In total, over 600 campsites offer a wide range of outdoor experiences from RV hookups to group campsites. There are several designated swim beaches with accessible changing rooms and restrooms. Keep in mind, no lifeguard is on duty. Picnic tables with adjacent grills are scattered throughout the parks. The Visitor’s Center at Satterwhite Point Park provides the history of Kerr Lake and houses an exhibit hall identifying native plants, birds, fish, and wildlife. Community buildings and shelters are popular venues for family and community gatherings.

Kerr Lake welcomes visitors outdoors to appreciate nature’s beauty, the calm of the water, and all the fun that can be had while relaxing under a golden sun or watching the stars and moon dancing across the darkened sky. Unmistakably, Kerr Lake is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a meal outside while listening to the background harmony of nature and waves splashing against the natural sandy shoreline. Lake front home rentals are perfect for week-long vacations while nearby hotels are convenient for shorter visits. Kerr Lake is the perfect place to . . . Relax~Relate~Retire!

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When visitors are ready for a change of scenery, the area surrounding Kerr Lake offers a variety of activities. Historic Downtown Henderson offers quaint restaurants, a coffee shop, and unique businesses. McGregor Performing Arts Center, presents everything from summer theatre productions, to concert tours and Broadway shows. Raleigh Road Outdoor Drive-in is the oldest operating drive-in theater; one-of-six remaining in North Carolina. Love a challenging golf course? Grab your golf clubs and head for the beautiful Bermuda greens of Kerr Lake Country Club, open to the public. Southern Classic Cars Museum, open by appointment year-round, showcases antique and classic cars to fit every person’s dreams!

Henderson and Vance County roll out the red carpet the 3rd weekend in October for the Show, Shine, Shag & Dine Car Show, East Coast DragTimes Hall of Fame, and Corbitt Truck Show. 2023 marks the 21st year the streets will be lined with hundreds of classic cars and trucks, nostalgic drag cars, vendors, and music. The Corbitt Truck Show displays trucks manufactured in Henderson; used during World War I and II. 

Make Vance County, Henderson, and Kerr Lake your next vacation destination and see why we say #VanceCountyTravelersDiscoverAlot.