Temporary Closure of Fall Creek Landing #2

Oconee County
Photo credit Emily Gill
By 106.3 WORD

Refleased by the OCSO.

After consultations with officials from Duke Energy and Oconee County Government, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw is announcing today that until further notice, Fall Creek Landing #2 will be temporarily closed to visitors.  
The closure will go into effect tomorrow morning at 6am.
“After consultation with Duke Energy officials and Oconee County Administrator Amanda Brock today, a decision has been made to temporarily close Fall Creek Landing #2, which includes the area known as ‘The Rock,’” according to Sheriff Crenshaw.  “Even though we do not have precise numbers, there were large crowds gathered there this weekend, including many who traveled to Fall Creek Landing #2 from out of state.  Due to our strong encouragement to practice social distancing and other guidelines issued by the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we believe that it is in the best interest from a public safety standpoint to close Fall Creek Landing #2 until further notice under the current State of Emergency that is in effect.”
Sheriff Crenshaw said that the closure of Fall Creek Landing #2 is also in line with decisions made by the County to close the County Parks (Chau Ram, High Falls and South Cove) day use and campground facilities until further notice as well as the decision by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to close state park facilities until further notice as well.  
The boat ramp access points on Lake Keowee and Lake Hartwell that are maintained by the County will be open to boat launch traffic only with no other entry being allowed into the parks.  
Today, Oconee County announced that effective Wednesday and until further notice, South Cove and High Falls County Parks will limit boat launching hours to 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. No other entry is allowed into the parks at this time.
Any fisherman wanting to fish past 8 p.m. are asked to use the South Cove boat ramp as the automatic gate located at the park will allow fisherman to exit after hours.
“It is our hope that once the State of Emergency has been lifted and restrictions on social distancing have been eased, we will be able to reopen Fall Creek Landing #2 to our citizens and visitors.  We are grateful to our citizens and visitors for their understanding and we ask our citizens to continue to follow proper protocols and guidelines issued by the CDC to help to contain the spread of COVID-19,” says Sheriff Crenshaw.