Army Corps to restrict public access to facilities

Published March 18, 2020

WILMINGTON, NC. – In the interest of public safety due to the COVID-19 concerns, beginning March 18, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, will be restricting public access at the district’s Corps facilities.

As always, public safety remains our top priority. As a precautionary measure the Wilmington District will have restricted public access to all operational areas at the district’s lake and dam projects throughout North Carolina and Virginia, and locks and dams on the Cape Fear River.

All USACE visitor centers, environmental education facilities, and resource management offices will be closed to the public until further notice.  All previously scheduled USACE public tours, site visits, meetings, and educational events to be held will be canceled. Any USACE sponsored special events will also be cancelled. 

All campgrounds will delay opening indefinitely until further notice.

Campground reservations made through will be canceled and full refunds will be provided.

All current closures will remain in effect.

During this time, there is a moratorium on issuing any new shoreline permits, licenses or any other shoreline management activity that requires USACE personnel to make a site visit or inspection.

It is important to note that some facilities, such as marinas, boat ramps, and campgrounds, are operated by other entities. We recommend that the public contact the respective state or local agencies and marinas directly for the latest on their operating status.

USACE will continue to monitor and assess the situation and keep the public informed of any additional updates.







Release no. 20-004