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B. Everett Jordan Lake is a reservoir in New Hope Valley, west of Raleigh and south of Durham in Chatham County, North Carolina, in the United States of America. The northernmost end of the lake actually reaches into southwestern Durham County. The reservoir was developed at an original cost of US $146,300,000 and is owned and operated by the Unit...
    Full Pool: 216.0 MSL     Area: 13,900 Acres      Printed B. Everett Jordan Lake Map

Badin Lake is one of a series of lakes created by the damming of the Yadkin-Pee Dee River in the Uwharrie Lakes Region of the United States. The Badin Lake Dam was built in 1917 to support a local aluminum smelting plant (Alcoa Aluminum Company of America), and the associated community of Badin was named for the founder, Adrien Badin. Badin Lake is...
        Area: 5,350 Acres

Falls Lake is a 12,410 acre reservoir located in Durham, Wake, and Granville counties in North Carolina, USA. Falls Lake extends 28 miles up the Neuse River to its source at the confluence of the Eno, Little, and Flat rivers. The lake is named for the Falls of the Neuse, a section of the Neuse River that falls from the Piedmont into the lower Coas...
    Full Pool: 252.0 MSL     Area: 11,310 Acres      Printed Falls Lake Map

Lake Gaston is a hydroelectric reservoir in east United States of America. Part of the lake is in the North Carolina counties of Halifax, Northampton, and Warren. The part extending into Virginia lies in Brunswick and Mecklenburg counties. Lake Gaston is roughly 35 miles long and covers over 20,000 acres, with 350 miles of shoreline. The area surr...
    Full Pool: 200.0 MSL     Area: 20,300 Acres      Printed Lake Gaston Map

High Rock Lake is a reservoir lake located in the Davidson and Rowan counties of North Carolina, serving as a boundary between them. It is a reservoir for hydroelectric power generation. It is the northernmost of the Uwharrie Lakes and the second largest lake in North Carolina behind Lake Norman. Its water surface covers 15,180 acres and there are ...
    Full Pool: 655.2 MSL     Area: 15,980 Acres      Printed High Rock Lake Map

Hiwassee Lake is a reservoir located just 9.3 miles from Murphy, in Cherokee County, in the state of North Carolina, United States, near Hiwassee Village, NC. The reservoir serves recreational, power generation and flood control purposes. It is surrounded by the Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests and almost right next to the Appalachia Reserv...
        Area: 6,000 Acres

Lake James is a large reservoir in the mountains of Western North Carolina which straddles the border between Burke and McDowell Counties. Lake James is named for James B. Duke, one of the founders of Duke Energy. Lake James has a surface area of approximately 6,812 acres, with 150 miles of shoreline. Full pond elevation is 1,200 feet. Built over...
        Area: 6,812 Acres

Lake Jocassee is a 7,500-acre, 300-foot deep reservoir located in northwest South Carolina created by the state in partnership with Duke Power in 1973. The lake is commonly known for the clean and cold Appalachian mountain rivers that feed the lake to keep its waters cool and clear year-round. The Jocassee Dam, which forms the lake, is 385 feet hig...
    Full Pool: 100.0 Datum     Area: 7,565 Acres

Kerr Lake (officially John H. Kerr Reservoir, also known as Bugg's Island Lake) is a reservoir along the border of the U.S. states of North Carolina and Virginia created by the John H. Kerr Dam. The dam construction started in 1947 and took 2,100+ workers in three shifts, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, more than four years to complete, and was fi...
    Full Pool: 300.0 MSL     Area: 48,900 Acres      Printed John H. Kerr Reservoir Map

Lake Mattamuskeet is the largest natural lake in North Carolina. It is a shallow coastal lake, averaging 2-3 feet in depth, and stretches 18 miles long and 7 miles wide. Lake Mattamuskeet lies on the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula. Lake Mattamuskeet is the location of Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge as well as surrounding public ...
        Area: 40,000 Acres

Lake Norman, created between 1959 and 1964 as part of the construction of the Cowans Ford Dam by Duke Energy, is the largest manmade body of fresh water located in North Carolina. Lake Norman is fed by the Catawba River, and drains into Mountain Island Lake to the south. It was named after former Duke Power president Norman Cornelius. Lake Norma...
    Full Pool: 100.0 MSL     Area: 32,510 Acres      Printed Lake Norman Map

Lake Tillery is a reservoir between Badin Lake and Blewett Falls Lake in the Uwharrie Lakes Region of North Carolina. It is entirely within Stanly County and Montgomery County, NC. The lake was created by impounding the Pee Dee River, which is created by the confluence of the Yadkin River and the Uwharrie River several miles to the north. Norwood, ...
    Full Pool: 278.0 MSL     Area: 5,260 Acres

Lake Waccamaw is a unique fresh water lake located in Columbus County in North Carolina. The lake is oval in shape measuring roughly 5.2 miles by 3.5 miles covering 8,938 acres surface area with an average depth of 7.5 feet and a shoreline of about 14 miles. The marginal 70% of the lake bottom is composed of clear sand, whereas the central 30% is ...
        Area: 8,938 Acres

Lake Wylie is a reservoir, or man-made lake in the U.S. states of both South Carolina and North Carolina. The lake has a surface area of 13,400 acres and features 325 miles of shore line. Lake Wylie's location on both the South Carolina and North Carolina borders makes it a common recreational destination for residents of nearby cities including C...
        Area: 12,139 Acres      Printed Lake Wylie Map

 
OTHER LAKES IN NORTH CAROLINA (alphabetical)
Lake Name Full Pool *
(MSL) **
Acres River Map
Adger 438 Green River
Bass 50
Belews 3,864
Chatuge 1,925.0 3,930
Fontana 1,710.0 4,480 Little Tennessee River
Glenville 3,491.0 1,470 West Fork Tuckasegee River
Harris
Hickory 99.0 4,223 North Fork Catawba River
Hyco 3,750
Lure 720 East Fork French Broad River
Mayo 2,800
Mountain Island 647.5 3,281 Catawba River
Nantahala 1,605 Nantahala River
Oak Hollow 810
Osceola
Rhodhiss 95.0 3,060 Left Prong Catawba River
Royale 345
Santeetlah 1,815.0 2,881 Cheoah River
Toxaway
Upchurches
W. Kerr Scott 1,475 Yadkin River
Wildcat 13
* Full Pool - Highest normal summer pool level before flood stage
** MSL - Mean (average) feet above sea level

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