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Here are the 24 lakes we have listed within USA > South > North Carolina - compared by Largest Lakes - Water Volume.

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Lake Name Volume in acre-feet Lake Description
Kerr Lake
(North Carolina, USA / Virginia, USA)
3,364,500 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 Jocassee
(North Carolina, USA / South Carolina, USA)
1,185,000 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 Norman
(North Carolina, USA)
1,093,600 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 ...
Fontana Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
513,965 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 Gaston
(North Carolina, USA / Virginia, USA)
450,000 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)
234,866 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)
215,130 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 Hiwassee
(North Carolina, USA)
205,590 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 ...
Lake Santeetlah
(North Carolina, USA)
158,089 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 ...
Lake Hickory
(North Carolina, USA)
137,821 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 ...
Nantahala Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
137,000 Nantahala Lake Pictures Nantahala Lake Message Forums Also known as: Lake Nantahala
Nantahala Lake is one of the most pristine lakes in North Carolina. Located within the Nantahala National Forest at an elevation of 3,012 feet, the 1,605-acre lake is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Nantahala Lake is a large part of the Little Tennessee River Basin, ...
Falls Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
131,395 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 ...
Mayo Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
85,125 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 ...
Hyco Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
75,000 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 ...
Lake Glenville
(North Carolina, USA)
72,000 Lake Glenville Pictures Lake Glenville Message Forums Also known as: Thorpe Reservoir, Glenville Lake
Nestled among the forests and mountain peaks of southwestern North Carolina lies the highest lake east of the Mississippi, Lake Glenville (aka Thorpe Reservoir) at 3,492 feet. Lake Glenville, popular for its unspoiled beauty, sandy beaches, coves, waterfalls and luxurious lakefront properties covers ...
Lake Rhodhiss
(North Carolina, USA)
70,300 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 ...
Lake Chatuge
(Georgia, USA / North Carolina, USA)
62,619 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. ...
W. Kerr Scott Reservoir
(North Carolina, USA)
41,000 W. Kerr Scott Reservoir Pictures W. Kerr Scott Reservoir Message Forums Also known as: W. Kerr Scott Lake
W. Kerr Scott Reservoir is a 1,475-acre reservoir located near Wilkesboro, North Carolina in the Mountains tourism region. Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1962 for flood control, the lake also offers a fresh water supply, recreation, and home to a wide variety of wildlife and several endangered ...
Lake Lure
(North Carolina, USA)
32,295 Lake Lure Pictures Snuggled into the emerald mountains of western North Carolina, Lake Lure's 720 acres sparkle in the sunlight. Clean water, beautiful scenery, and rural charm are some of the many reasons why this pristine lake was chosen by the makers of 'Dirty Dancing' to film scenes here. The lake has attracted vacationers ...
Lookout Shoals Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
24,995 Lookout Shoals Lake Pictures Lookout Shoals Lake Message Forums Also known as: Lake Lookout, Lookout Shoals Reservoir
Lookout Shoals Lake is a lakefront living gem in North Carolina's Piedmont region. The 1,300-acre reservoir is known affectionately as Lake Lookout to the many residents who live in the area's gated communities. Created along the Catawba River between Lake Hickory and Lake Norman, the reservoir's main ...
Bass Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
240 Bass Lake Message Forums Sitting snug amongst rhododendron trees, white pines and the 3,500-acre Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Bass Lake is the picture of both tranquility and nobility. Ducks find their way into the small body of water for a quiet swim, disturbed only by the laughter of children playing in the grass along the ...
Wildcat Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
168 Wildcat Lake Message Forums In 1932 construction of a dam on Wildcat Creek impounded 13-acre Wildcat Lake. Originally created as a reservoir for the hydroelectric plant and an emergency water source for the fire company, Wildcat Lake's uses have grown to include recreation. Tucked away in Avery County, North Carolina, the self ...
Lake Powhatan
(North Carolina, USA)
79 Lake Powhatan Pictures Lake Powhatan Message Forums Just outside of Asheville in North Carolina's Mountains region, little Lake Powhatan offers a refreshing change of pace to the city. The reservoir lies completely within the Pisgah National Forest and boasts a popular National Forest campground that is in major demand. The 13-acre lake was created when ...
Cliffside Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
55 Cliffside Lake Message Forums Surrounded by the breathtaking Nantahala National Forest in the Highlands District of North Carolina, Cliffside Lake is sparkling eight-acre lake in the heart of the Cliffside Lake Recreation Area. The Recreation Area offers fishing, swimming, camping, and in conjunction with the National Forest, numerous ...
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