Kerr Lake Permit Information


Lake facilities open May 1, 2015, and permits will be available for purchase late April (check back for the exact date soon)! 

Photos: Photos from Kerr Lake facilities can be viewed here.

Map: A map of Kerr Lake can be viewed here.

Sites: Approximately forty (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 stored ($75/per item).

Moorings: Eight (8) permanent mooring sites are available for lease to members at an additional cost. The moorings are located in the cove south of the caretaker's trailer.

Group Use Area: The Group Use Area is a private point that provides a large field, a picnic shelter with three (3) tables, and water hook-up and is ideal for departmental or family gatherings. The Group Area is for use only by reservation through Campus Recreation.

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 in Catfish Cove. A boat shed with ten (10) individual compartments is also available. Campus Recreation also has compiled a list of local restaurants, gas stations, and area sites that would be useful to individuals who are not familiar with the area.


Campus Recreation has provided a 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 2015 Kerr Lake Recreation Area Use Policies.

  • Click here to download the 2015 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 Campus Recreation Main Office located in 101 Student Recreation Center. (Please call (919) 962-1153 to confirm availability of key/permit pick-up or online by credit card). Members and their immediate 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 make a payment by credit card (Visa and Master Card ONLY!)

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. 

  • Click here to download the 2015 Permit Application.  
  • Click here to download the 2015 Release Form.


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

Group Use Areas

1-40 participants $125/day
41-75 participants $200/day

Camper/Boat Storage

Covered Annual Permit (requires Annual Pass) $150
Open Annual Permit (with Annual Pass) $75
Open Annual Permit (without Annual Pass) $125

Boat Mooring

Annual Permit - Requires Annual Camping Permit (purchased together) $350


From Chapel Hill--
  • Take I-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.

Click here for printable driving directions to the UNC-CH Recreation Area.
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