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Kerr-Lake , also known as Bugg's Island Lake, is a reservoir situated along the border of North Carolina and Virginia. North Carolinians know the body of water as Kerr Lake, while Virginians refer to it as Buggs Island Lake. It's conveniently located along Interstate 85, about 45 miles from Raleigh, NC, 110 miles from Richmond, VA and 180 miles from Charlotte, NC. Kerr Lake is big and beautiful. Its' shoreline stretches for 850 miles across the Virginia/North Carolina state line, making it one of the largest and most popular lakes in the Southeast United States. The dam construction was started in 1947 and completed in 1952. Kerr Lake offers fishing, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, wind surfing, and camping, hiking, birdwatching and golf along the lake's shore. A spectacular Fourth of July fireworks celebration is held over the lake each year. The lake has an abundance of large-mouth bass, striped bass, crappie, catfish and bream. There are many campsites (run by the Army Corps of Engineers, North Carolina State Parks and Virginia State Parks.) Campsites for both tents and Rvs are available. There are three privately-operated marinas available at Kerr Lake - Steele Creek and Satterwhite Point (in North Carolina) and Clarksville (in Virginia). These marinas have rental slips for sail and motor boats, with additional amenities including fuel docks, marina stores, and some organized yacht clubs.

Surrounding areas: Lake Gaston, Virginia (9.6 mi), Clarksville, Virginia (13.5 mi)

Kerr Lake Vacation Rentals

Kerr Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Days InnHC 1 Box 40 2850 Hwy 903Bracey, VA10.4 mi.(434) 689-2000
Quality Inn On The Lake103 Second StClarksville, VA13.2 mi.(434) 374-5023
Comfort Inn918 E Atlantic StSouth Hill, VA15.5 mi.(434) 447-2600
Days Inn South Hill911 E Atlantic StSouth Hill, VA15.5 mi.(434) 447-3123
Hampton Inn200 Thompson RdSouth Hill, VA15.5 mi.(434) 447-4600
Holiday Inn Express101 Thompson StLacrosse, VA15.6 mi.(434) 955-2777
Econo Lodge623 E Atlantic AveSouth Hill, VA15.6 mi.(434) 447-7116
Americas Best Value Inn200 Parham RdHenderson, NC15.8 mi.(252) 492-7001
Comfort Inn112 Parham RdHenderson, NC15.8 mi.(252) 438-8511
Super 8250 Thompson StSouth Hill, VA15.9 mi.(434) 447-2313
Garnett Inn1727 N Garnett StHenderson, NC16.1 mi.(252) 492-2013
Hampton Inn Of Henderson385 Ruin CRK RdHenderson, NC17.1 mi.(252) 492-3007
Holiday Inn Express200 Simmons StHenderson, NC17.1 mi.(250) 438-6300
Holiday InnI-85 & Parham RdHenderson, NC17.1 mi.(252) 492-1126
Sleep Inn Henderson18 Market StHenderson, NC17.1 mi.(252) 433-9449
Cardinal Motel800 Cardinal DrHenderson, NC17.3 mi.(252) 492-1148
Jameson Inn - Henderson400 North Cooper DrHenderson, NC17.6 mi.(252) 430-0247
Best Western Oxford Inn & Suites1000 Linden AveOxford, NC23.5 mi.(919) 692-1000
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites913 Linden AveOxford, NC23.5 mi.(919) 693-9151
Kings Inn Motel1100 Linden AveOxford, NC23.6 mi.(919) 693-4400

Kerr Lake Weather & Climate

The North Central region of the state has a moderate climate; four seasons without the extremes seen in other parts of the country. Latitude accounts for some climatic variations, as do soils, plant cover and inland bodies of water. The central region, in winter, is protected by the western mountain ranges, so temps are usually 10-20 degrees warmer than in the mountains. In summer, when the air is dry enough to keep cloudiness at a minimum for several days, temperatures may reach 100 in the interior at elevations below 1,500 feet. Usually, however, clouds limit the sun's heating capacity and an entire summer sometimes passes without a high of even 90 degrees. North Carolina is outside the usual tornado path in the United States, but tropical hurricanes do come close enough to influence the weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 27°F 3.87 in. -
February 51°F 29°F 3.00 in. -
March 60°F 36°F 4.26 in. -
April 70°F 44°F 3.26 in. -
May 77°F 53°F 3.98 in. -
June 85°F 62°F 3.54 in. -
July 89°F 67°F 4.63 in. -
August 87°F 66°F 4.01 in. -
September 81°F 59°F 3.76 in. -
October 71°F 46°F 3.67 in. -
November 61°F 37°F 3.10 in. -
December 52°F 30°F 3.00 in. -

Kerr Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Person County airport (TDF) located about 41 miles west of Kerr Lake in Roxboro, North Carolina, the Raleigh Durham International airport (RDU) located approximately 54 miles southwest of Kerr Lake in Raleigh - Durham, North Carolina, the Rocky Mount Wilson Regional airport (RWI) located roughly 54 miles south of Kerr Lake in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, the Danville Regional airport (DAN) located around 55 miles west of Kerr Lake in Danville, Virginia, Lynchburg Regional Preston Glenn Field (LYH) located about 71 miles northwest of Kerr Lake in Lynchburg, Virginia, the Johnston County airport (JNX) located approximately 71 miles south of Kerr Lake in Smithfield, North Carolina, and finally the Chesterfield County airport (FCI) located roughly 72 miles northeast of Kerr Lake in Richmond, Virginia.

Kerr Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Wet 'n Wild Emerald PointeGreensboroNC88.5 mi.
Water Parks
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC88.5 mi.
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA101.8 mi.
Golf Courses
River Ridge Golf ClubBraceyVA10.5 mi.
Tanglewood Shores Golf & Country ClubBraceyVA10.5 mi.
Kerr Lake Country ClubHendersonNC11.9 mi.
Highland Lake Golf ClubFlat RockNC12.6 mi.
Pine Links Golf ClubFlat RockNC12.6 mi.
Kinderton Country ClubClarksvilleVA12.7 mi.
Lake Gaston Country ClubMaconNC16.8 mi.
Lake Gaston Golf ClubGasburgVA24.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA96.2 mi.
State Parks
Occoneechee State ParkVA11.2 mi. 
Staunton River State ParkVA20.2 mi. 
Medoc Mountain State ParkNC33.7 mi. 
North Carolina Museum of Life and ScienceDurhamNC51.0 mi.(Science)
Duke University Museum of ArtDurhamNC51.0 mi.(Art)
Old West Durham OnlineDurhamNC51.0 mi.(Art)
North Carolina Museum of HistoryRaleighNC57.8 mi.(History)
North Carolina State Museum of Natural SciencesRaleighNC57.8 mi.(Science)
North Carolina Museum of ArtRaleighNC57.8 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA101.5 mi.
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC102.1 mi.
Virginia Zoological ParkNorfolkVA114.7 mi.

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