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Here are the 38 lakes we have listed within USA > South > North Carolina - compared by Newest (Youngest) Reservoirs.

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Lake Name Completion year Lake Description
Randleman Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
2010 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 ...
Harris Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
1983 Harris Lake Message Forums Also known as: Shearon Harris Reservoir
Harris Lake, stretching its watery fingers out over 4,100 North Carolina acres, was created by Carolina Power and Light by impoundment of Buckhorn Creek, part of the Cape Fear River Basin. Construction of Buckhorn Creek Dam began in 1978 and was completed in 1981. The lake filled in 1983 to its full ...
Jordan Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
1982 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 ...
Falls Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
1981 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)
1977 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 ...
Lake Jocassee
(North Carolina, USA / South Carolina, USA)
1974 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 ...
Belews Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
1973 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 ...
Bay Tree Lakes
(North Carolina, USA)
1970 Bay Tree Lakes Pictures Bay Tree Lakes Message Forums Canals reminiscent of Venice weave through the private community of Bay Tree Lakes in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The manmade canals connect Bay Tree Lake with Horsepen Lake and ensure that almost every home in the community has direct water access. With the amenities of a luxury gated ...
Hyco Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
1965 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 Norman
(North Carolina, USA)
1964 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)
1963 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 ...
Tuckertown Reservoir
(North Carolina, USA)
1962 Tuckertown Reservoir Pictures Tuckertown Reservoir Message Forums Also known as: Tuckertown Lake
The Tuckertown Reservoir in North Carolina's Piedmont region is a stunning example of how hydroelectric power generation can mesh with habitat preservation and natural scenic beauty. Also called Tuckertown Lake, the 2500-acre reservoir is one of the area's most attractive scenic spots and protects hundreds ...
W. Kerr Scott Reservoir
(North Carolina, USA)
1962 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 Toxaway
(North Carolina, USA)
1961 Lake Toxaway Pictures Lake Toxaway Message Forums Tucked away amidst the ancient Appalachian Mountains is the largest private lake in North Carolina - Lake Toxaway. Lake Toxaway, spanning 640 acres, was built in 1902 by a powerful entrepreneur, E. H. Jennings. Jennings, who visited the wild, undeveloped region in 1890 fell in love with the area's ...
Finger Lakes of the South
(North Carolina, USA / Tennessee, USA)
1957 Finger Lakes of the South Pictures Finger Lakes of the South Message Forums Also known as: Chilhowie Lake, Calderwood Lake, Cheoah Lake. Chilhowie Reservoir, Calderwood Reservoir, Cheoah Reservoir
Three reservoirs on the Little Tennessee River in northwestern North Carolina and Southeastern Tennessee offer some of the most spectacular wilderness scenery in the eastern United States. The Finger Lakes of the South - Cheoah Lake, Calderwood Lake and Chilhowie Lake - provide hydroelectric power to ...
Roanoke Rapids Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
1955 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 ...
Cedar Cliff Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
1952 Cedar Cliff Lake Message Forums Nestled within the dramatic Blue Ridge Mountains, Cedar Cliff Lake is one of North Carolina's most picturesque bodies of water. It is thin and elongated, with a surface area of 121 acres and a shoreline length of 4.5 miles. The lake is located in Jackson County, and features a hydroelectric dam on its ...
Kerr Lake
(North Carolina, USA / Virginia, USA)
1952 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 Chatuge
(Georgia, USA / North Carolina, USA)
1942 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 Powhatan
(North Carolina, USA)
1942 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 ...
Nantahala Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
1942 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, ...
Lake Glenville
(North Carolina, USA)
1941 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 Hiwassee
(North Carolina, USA)
1940 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 ...
Cliffside Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
1936 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 ...
Wildcat Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
1932 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 ...

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