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Lake Name Area in acres Lake Description
Kerr Lake
(North Carolina, USA / Virginia, USA)
48,900 Kerr Lake Pictures Kerr Lake Message Forums Also known as: Kerr Reservoir, John H Kerr Reservoir, Buggs Island Lake, Buggs Island Reservoir
The 48,900-acre John H. Kerr Reservoir straddles the Virginia-North Carolina border. This impoundment of the Roanoke and Dan Rivers, completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1952, was created originally for flood control and for generation of hydroelectric power. Kerr Lake has become a recreational ...
Lake Mattamuskeet
(North Carolina, USA)
40,000 Lake Mattamuskeet Pictures Lake Mattamuskeet Message Forums 40,000-acre Lake Mattamuskeet is located in North Carolina's Coastal tourism region. Although the lake averages only 2-3 feet deep, it is one of the most beautiful lakes in Hyde County, west of the Outer Banks. Dating back to 1585, Lake Mattamuskeet was visited by 60 explorers from Sir Walter Raleigh's ...
Lake Norman
(North Carolina, USA)
32,510 Lake Norman Pictures Lake Norman's 32,510 acres garner it the superlative of being North Carolina's largest manmade lake. An impressive 34 miles in length with 520 miles of shoreline, Lake Norman is fondly nicknamed the Inland Sea. Conveniently located near Charlotte and Interstate 77, Lake Norman is a popular vacation ...
Lake Gaston
(North Carolina, USA / Virginia, USA)
20,300 Lake Gaston Pictures Lake Gaston Message Forums Lake Gaston covers 20,300 acres along 34 miles of Virginia and North Carolina real estate. The lake was created in 1963 by the Virginia Electric and Power Company (now Dominion Virginia Power) to generate hydroelectric power. Three lakes were created by dams on the Roanoke River. Lake Gaston is in the ...
High Rock Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
15,180 High Rock Lake Pictures The northernmost of the Uwharrie Lakes, High Rock Lake enjoys its spot as North Carolina's second largest reservoir entirely within the state: its watery fingers reach out over 15,180 acres. The lake, whose name comes from the neighboring High Rock Mountain, begins at the confluence of the Yadkin and ...
Jordan Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
13,940 Jordan Lake Pictures Also known as: B. Everett Jordan Reservoir, New Hope Lake
Jordan Lake, initially called New Hope Lake, is a 13,940-acre reservoir in central North Carolina's Piedmont region, part of the Upper Cape Fear River Basin. The lake was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control, water supply and water quality, recreation, and fish and wildlife ...
Lake Wylie
(North Carolina, USA / South Carolina, USA)
13,443 Lake Wylie Pictures Lake Wylie Message Forums Also known as: Lake Wylie Reservoir
Spanning the North Carolina-South Carolina border, Lake Wylie is the oldest reservoir on the Catawba River. First dammed in 1904, the dam was rebuilt in 1924, vastly increasing the amount of surface acreage. Managed by Duke Energy, the reservoir and dam serve several power generation systems including ...
Falls Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
12,410 Falls Lake Pictures In 1978, the United States Army Corps of Engineers began construction on what would become Falls Lake. Formed at the base of the Eno, Flat, and Little Rivers, the lake was created to provide flood control for the Neuse River and to supply water to the capital city of Raleigh. The Corps of Engineers ...
Fontana Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
10,230 Fontana Lake Pictures Fontana Lake Message Forums Also known as: Fontana Reservoir
Fontana Lake, nestled in western North Carolina's Smoky Mountains, was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to provide hydroelectric power to the surrounding area. It includes the tallest dam in the TVA system and the tallest dam in the eastern United Sates. Fontana Lake is often called one ...
Lake Waccamaw
(North Carolina, USA)
8,936 Lake Waccamaw in southeastern North Carolina is estimated to have formed around 250,000 years ago, although the exact origin of its formation is uncertain. One theory is that the lake basin was formed after a peat fire in prehistoric times. Old charred tree stumps have been found to support this theory. ...
Lake Jocassee
(North Carolina, USA / South Carolina, USA)
7,500 Lake Jocassee Pictures Lake Jocassee Message Forums Nestled into the pristine Appalachian mountains of northwestern South Carolina and southwestern North Carolina, Lake Jocassee reaches its watery depths down 300 feet and out over 7,500 acres. Burying underwater an area once home to part of the Cherokee nation, the lake was originally built for hydro-electric ...
Lake Chatuge
(Georgia, USA / North Carolina, USA)
7,200 Lake Chatuge Pictures Also known as: Chatuge Lake, Chatuge Reservoir
Beautiful Lake Chatuge (pronounced "sha-toog") spans 7200 acres and two states, stretching 13 miles from Hayesville, North Carolina, to Hiawassee, Georgia. From the Cherokee for "land where the waters meet," Lake Chatuge offers spectacular views of both the Tusquitee Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. ...
Lake James
(North Carolina, USA)
6,510 Lake James Pictures Lake James Message Forums Nestled into the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake James is a 6,510 acre lake in western North Carolina with 150 shoreline miles. Duke Power constructed three dams between 1916 and 1923 to create the lake: Catawba, Linville, and Paddy Creek. Lake James is the first in the Catawba River chain of lakes with ...
Lake Hiwassee
(North Carolina, USA)
6,275 Lake Hiwassee Pictures Lake Hiwassee Message Forums Also known as: Hiwassee Reservoir or Hiwassee Lake
Lake Hiwassee is located in the mountainous region of North Carolina's southwestern Cherokee County. Sitting in the Nantahala National Forest, it is almost completely surrounded by wilderness and is fed by six major tributaries. "Hiwassee" means "savannah" or "meadow" and is derived from the Cherokee ...
Badin Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
5,350 Badin Lake Pictures Badin Lake, a reservoir built in 1917 for hydroelectric power by the Aluminum Company of America, covers 5,350 North Carolina acres with its sparkling clear waters. The lake is part of a Uwharrie Lakes Region, created by the damming up of the Yadkin-Pee Dee River, which also includes High Rock Lake, ...
Lake Tillery
(North Carolina, USA)
5,263 Lake Tillery Pictures Lake Tillery Message Forums Also known as: Tillery Reservoir
Less than an hour's drive from Charlotte, Lake Tillery is one of the best-kept secrets of the Piedmont Region of North Carolina. One of the reservoirs created along the Yadkin-PeeDee River for power generation, Lake Tillery lies between Badin Lake and Blewitt Falls Lake in the Uwharrie Lakes Region ...
Roanoke Rapids Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
4,600 Roanoke Rapids Lake Pictures Roanoke Rapids Lake Message Forums Often overshadowed by its better-known neighbor Lake Gaston, Roanoke Rapids Lake offers a quieter and less crowded spot for recreation. The third reservoir in the Roanoke River system, the Roanoke Rapids Dam was the second dam in the series to be built. Located just south of the Virginia-North Carolina ...
Lake Hickory
(North Carolina, USA)
4,223 Lake Hickory Pictures Lake Hickory Message Forums Lake Hickory, situated in west central North Carolina near the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, is one of several man-made reservoirs in North Carolina's largest river system, the Catawba River Basin. The Catawba River originates in the eastern slopes of the mountains and flows 225 miles through North ...
Belews Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
3,864 Belews Lake Pictures Belews Lake Message Forums Belews Lake is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in beautiful north central North Carolina. The lake straddles Stokes, Forsyth and Rockingham counties and is surrounded by the towns of Walnut Cove, Belews Creek, Stokesdale and Pine Hall. Forests, waterfalls and mountain streams ...
Hyco Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
3,750 Hyco Lake is a man-made reservoir located in northern North Carolina near the Virginia state line in the Roanoke River Basin. In the early 1960s, the lake was constructed by damming three local creeks: Cobb, North Hyco and South Hyco. The lake is located about 10 miles from the town of Roxboro, North ...
Mountain Island Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
3,281 Mountain Island Lake Pictures Mountain Island Lake Message Forums Also known as: Mountain Island Reservoir
Anyone looking for lakefront property in the Charlotte, North Carolina area will want to look at Mountain Island Lake. Lakes in the Piedmont area of the state are nearly all reservoirs, and Mountain Island Lake is no exception,. The large 3,300-acre reservoir sprawls across the Catawba River Valley ...
Lake Rhodhiss
(North Carolina, USA)
3,060 Lake Rhodhiss Pictures Lake Rhodhiss Message Forums Also known as: Rhodhiss Lake
Lake Rhodhiss spans 3,060 acres in Burke and Caldwell Counties of west central North Carolina, lying between Lake James and Lake Hickory. A view of surrounding mountain peaks and wildlife, coupled with Rhodhiss' sprawling quiet, makes the lake a beauty. It is a narrow river-like reservoir within the ...
Randleman Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
3,007 Randleman Lake Pictures Randleman Lake Message Forums Also known as: Randleman Regional Reservoir
Randleman Lake is the Piedmont Region of North Carolina's newest lake and recreational hotspot. Although originally proposed by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1937 as a flood control measure on the Deep River, the actual construction wasn't completed until 2006. During that time, the Corps determined ...
Lake Santeetlah
(North Carolina, USA)
2,881 Lake Santeetlah Pictures Lake Santeetlah Message Forums Also known as: Santeetlah Reservoir or Santeetlah Lake
High up in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina's largely wild, westerly Graham County is Lake Santeetlah. Owned by Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners, the lake was impounded on the Cheoah River in 1928 for hydroelectric energy. The reservoir covers 2,881 acres and lies at an elevation of ...
Mayo Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
2,800 Mayo Lake Pictures Mayo Lake Message Forums Also known as: Mayo Reservoir or Lake Mayo
Mayo Lake, set in a landscape of gently rolling hills and farmlands, was formed when Carolina Light and Power Company (now Progress Energy) needed cooling water for a coal plant. The company built an earthen dam on Mayo Creek in the Roanoke River Basin, creating the 2,800-acre body of water in north-eastern ...
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