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Aug012012

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area - Satterwhite Point

Description

Satterwhite Point State Recreation Area is located on the southeast end of Kerr Lake's Nubush arm and contains 282 acres. While much of Satterwhite Point is maintained open space, pine and hardwood forests also are found here. The area behind the office contains a short, paved, interpretive trail leading to an overlook and amphitheater. Great Blue Heron are common around the lakeshore. Woodland species such as Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler and Summer Tanager are common in the spring and summer. Access the day use portion of Satterwhite Point by leaving the visitor center and crossing Satterwhite Point Road. The northern tip of Satterwhite Point provides good views of Kerr Lake and can be a good staging point during spring and fall migrations. It is a good location to view Common Loon and various gull species during the fall and winter. It is also a good area to see Red-headed Woodpecker. Keep an eye out for Bald Eagle, which are fairly common at Kerr Lake in winter, and Osprey, which are frequently seen during the warmer months.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Bald Eagle, Common Loon, Red-headed Woodpecker, Northern Parula, Prothonotary Warbler, Summer Tanager

Habitat

dry coniferous woodlands, oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, small wetland communities, lake

Access and Parking

The park is open 8am to 6pm, November - February; 8am to 7pm, March and October; 8am to 8pm, April and September; 8am to 9pm, May - August; 8am to 7pm, October. The visitor center is open weekdays, 8am to 5pm, September - April; weekdays, 8am to 6pm, May - August; weekends, 9am to 6pm, May - August. A fee is charged per vehicle daily Memorial Day - Labor Day and on weekends April, May and September. The fee is $5 per car, $3 for senior citizens, and $10 per bus. The entrance fee receipt can be used to enter other areas at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area during the same day for no additional fee. Separate fees are charged for picnic shelter reservations and campsites. There is no fee to access the visitor center or the trail located behind it.

Directions

From Henderson, take I-85 north to exit 217. Travel north on Satterwhite Point Road for approximately 5 miles. The Kerr Lake Visitor Center is on the right and the entrance for day use and camping is on the left.

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