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Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor Dee Freeman, Secretary
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Release: Immediate Contact: Charlie Peek
Date: 2012-01-06 Phone: (919) 715-8709

Hidden Cove Boat Access at Lake James State Park Closed

RALEIGH -- The Hidden Cove Boat Access at Lake James State Park has been closed due to low water levels connected with a planned hydro station outage by Duke Energy Corp., according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

Duke Energy expects to maintain Lake James within a normal operating range of 92-100 feet during the next 30 days, but lake levels are too low to safely launch craft at Hidden Cove and could recede further if the region experiences reduced precipitation. The state park?s Canal Bridge Boat Access nearby on N.C. 126 will remain open throughout the project.

?Hidden Cove has the shallowest boat ramps on the lake,? said Park Superintendent Sean McElhone. ?The current water depth at the boat ramps is already less than 20 inches, which is not adequate for most recreational watercraft, and we expect those levels to remain unsafe throughout the project. Our intent is to reopen the boat access as soon as it is safe for use.?

The status of the park?s boat ramps is publicized on the Lake James State Park page of the website www.ncparks.gov. For more information, call the park office at (828) 584-7728 or Duke Energy Lake Services at (800) 443-5193.

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