Continued closure of William O’Huske/Lock and Dam Three and closure of Lock and Dam Two

Published July 7, 2023

The William O’Huske/Lock and Dam Three, located at 1248 Bill Hall Rd, Fayetteville, N.C., will remain closed due to continued construction through August 14th, 2023. Lock and Dam Two, located at 645 Lock #2 Rd, Elizabethtown, N.C., will close July 10th, 2023, and is projected to reopen August 7th, 2023.

Construction is required to assist with rehabilitation to restore functionality to the Cape Fear River Locks and Dams, so that both vessels and fish may be locked through once again.

The work is funded by the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and will be performed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Marietta, Ohio-based Regional Rivers Repair Fleet, who specialize in work on locks and dams.

The entire area around the Locks and Dams will be closed to all visitors. This includes the boat ramp, picnic facilities, bank fishing, and canoe portage area.

The closure timeline is subject to change based on weather conditions and the scale of repair work needed.

For alternate river access, there are boat ramps above and below Lock and Dam Three that are state-maintained and are not affected by the Corps construction. The Tar Heel boat ramp is eight miles below Lock and Dam Three and there is another ramp in Fayetteville. The Tory Hole Park boat ramp is two miles upstream from Lock and Dam Two and Elwell Ferry ramp is 24 miles downstream. Please follow the link from NC Wildlife for boat ramp availability and closures:

If you have any questions about the closure or alternative recreation areas, please contact the Wilmington District’s Public Affairs Office at  


Dave Connolly
69 Darlington Ave.

Release no. 23-005