State Closes Last Open Ramp On Lake James Because Of Low Water

Low water levels have forced the state to close the last open boat ramp at Lake James.

Officials at the state Division of Parks and Recreation closed the Canal Bridge boat access point because water levels have dropped so low that the ramps are no longer safe.

Officials closed ramps at Hidden Cove and the Linville River in August, and the Black Bear access point was closed in October.

Water levels at the lake are about 12 feet below normal, and officials say the ramps will remain closed until enough rain falls to raise the water level.

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