Activities and Amenities
Attention: Use of facility for political events or activities is prohibited.
Fish Dam Creek Shelter, NC
part ofW. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewFish Dam Creek Shelter is one of W. Kerr Scott Dam’s most popular shelters and located in northwestern North Carolina.
The gentle Yadkin River flows through its scenic namesake valley on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills. Forests of mixed hardwoods, including sycamore, poplar, oak and hickory, cover the region. Wildlife is abundant in the valley. White-tailed deer, black bear, eastern cottontails and more can be found among the hills. Birds in the area include wild turkey, woodpeckers, Carolina chickadees, red-eyed vireo, ovenbirds, mallards and wood ducks.
The 1,475-acre reservoir offers excellent boating, canoeing, kayaking and swimming opportunities. Anglers will find channel catfish, large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, threadfin shad, spotted bass, hybrid striped bass and tiger muskellunge. Roughly 30 miles of hiking trails surround the lake, including the short but scenic Fish Dam Creek trail which has a trailhead behind the shelter. Two more trail systems can be found a short walk or drive away accessible from Dark Mountain Park or the VAC parking lot.
The shelter offers eight, 8-foot picnic tables and one, 10-foot ADA-accessible picnic table. A water spigot and electric hook-ups are available at the shelter as well. Along with scenic views, you can enjoy other park amenities which include a playground, horseshoe pit, grill, vault toilets, hiking trails and five mini-shelters (first come-first serve).
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You GoThe park is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
A reservation notice will be posted by a ranger prior to your arrival
No entrance fee is charged at this park
The other park amenities are available to your group as well as to members of the general public
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited
Only park in designated parking area
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Charlotte, North Carolina, take I-77 North (approximately 60 miles) before merging onto Highway 421 North towards Wilkesboro/Boone. Continue to Exit 286B (approximately 20 miles), turn left onto Highway 268 and continue for approximately 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Reservoir Road. Continue on Reservoir Road across the dam and the shelter will be on the right.
From Winston-Salem, North Carolina, take Highway 421 North (approximately 55 miles) to Exit 286B, turn left onto Highway 268 and continue for approximately 3.5 miles. Turn right onto right onto Reservoir Road. Continue on Reservoir Road across the dam and the shelter will be on the right.
From Wilkesboro, North Carolina, head west on Main Street/Hwy 268/Hwy 18 (approximately 4 miles) and turn right on Reservoir Road. Continue on Reservoir Road across the dam and the shelter will be on the right.
Mailing Address:Fish Dam Creek Shelter
499 Reservoir Road
Wilkesboro NC 28697
Phone Number:Information: (336)921-3390