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Here are the 17 lakes we have listed within USA > South > Virginia - 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 ...
Smith Mountain Lake
(Virginia, USA)
1,140,000 Smith Mountain Lake Pictures Smith Mountain Lake Message Forums With emerald green shores, sapphire blue skies, topaz blue waters, and soaring surrounding mountains, it's clear why Smith Mountain Lake is nicknamed "Jewel of the Blue Ridge." Nestled in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia's most popular recreational lake offers 580 miles of coved shoreline ...
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 ...
Philpott Lake
(Virginia, USA)
250,000 Philpott Lake Pictures Philpott Lake Message Forums Also known as: Philpott Reservoir
Snuggled into the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 2,880-acre Philpott Lake resides in southwestern Virginia's Franklin, Henry, and Patrick Counties. The irregular-shaped reservoir stretches along the border of Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands and Southern tourism regions. The Army Corps of Engineers created ...
Claytor Lake
(Virginia, USA)
232,000 Claytor Lake Pictures Claytor Lake is a 4,475 acre impoundment of the New River in southwestern Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands region. Stretching out over 21 miles in Pulaski County, Claytor Lake was created in 1939 by the Appalachian Power Company for hydroelectric power, flood control, and recreation. The lake is named ...
South Holston Lake
(Tennessee, USA / Virginia, USA)
189,100 South Holston Lake Pictures South Holston Lake Message Forums Also known as: South Holston Reservoir
An impoundment of the South Fork Holston River, South Holston Lake is an exceptional place to fish and boat. Straddling the Virginia and Tennessee state line, it's a great place to visit and "A Good Place to Live." Created by the South Holston Dam, South Holston Lake is a project of the Tennessee ...
Lake Moomaw
(Virginia, USA)
123,700 Lake Moomaw Pictures Lake Moomaw Message Forums Lake Moomaw is located in western Virginia, just north of Covington in the Shenandoah Valley region. It is nearly surrounded by George Washington National Forest, in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains. With its over 2500 surface acres, Lake Moomaw is a year-round outdoor wonderland for visitors seeking ...
Leesville Lake
(Virginia, USA)
94,960 Leesville Lake Pictures Also known as: Leesville Reservoir
The 3000+ acre Leesville Lake is another of Virginia's prolific fishing and outdoor recreation reservoirs. It is part of the Smith Mountain Lake hydropower generation project. Leesville Lake's well-developed public recreation areas provide many opportunities for a fine mix of water related outdoor activities. ...
Lake Manassas
(Virginia, USA)
30,674 Lake Manassas Message Forums Lake Manassas is nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Prince William County in Northern Virginia. Created in 1969 by the impoundment of Broad Run River, the 800 acres of Lake Manassas are owned by the City of Manassas and provide municipal drinking water. Although the lake used to be open to the ...
Occoquan Reservoir
(Virginia, USA)
25,472 Occoquan Reservoir Pictures Occoquan Reservoir Message Forums Also known as: Occoquan River Reservoir or Lake Occoquan
In the dialect of the Native American Dogue tribe, "occoquan" means "at the end of the water." The Dogue tribe occupied Northern Virginia up until the mid-1600s. They farmed, fished and hunted in the lands and waters of what is now called the Occoquan Watershed -- the drainage basin for the 2,100-acre ...
Carvins Cove Reservoir
(Virginia, USA)
19,948 Also known as: Carvin Cove Reservoir
Nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, Carvins Cove Reservoir is a precious natural treasure for the State of Virginia. The reservoir never ceases to bring sheer delight as it offers an abundance of recreational activities for every age group. Popular pastimes at Carvins Cove include mountain biking, ...
Swift Creek Reservoir
(Virginia, USA)
15,958 Swift Creek Reservoir Pictures Swift Creek Reservoir Message Forums Surrounded by secluded communities, beautiful Swift Creek Reservoir is the perfect respite in the suburban jungle. Just 20 minutes southwest of Richmond and within easy driving distance of everything, Swift Creek Reservoir is the lake in the center of the neighborhood. Owned by Chesterfield County ...
Spring Hollow Reservoir
(Virginia, USA)
10,434 Spring Hollow Reservoir Message Forums Spring Hollow Reservoir is a prime example of planned water supply storage in Virginia's southern Shenandoah Valley region. The 158-acre reservoir was created by building a dam across a valley southwest of the city of Roanoke. The dam encloses water pumped from the nearby Roanoke River. Called an off-stream ...
Lake of the Woods
(Virginia, USA)
9,447 Lake of the Woods Pictures Lake of the Woods Message Forums Nestled between Fredericksburg and Culpeper, Virginia, Lake of the Woods is a private residential community consisting of two lakes. Located in Central Virginia's Orange County, Lake of the Woods offers a calm reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life. Since the lake was developed primarily ...
Fairy Stone Lake
(Virginia, USA)
3,360 Fairy Stone Lake Pictures Fairy Stone Lake Message Forums Virginia's Fairy Stone Lake is home to "fairy stones," unusual staurolite (iron aluminum silicate hydroxide) diamond-shaped crystals. The 168-acre lake is surrounded by 4,741-acre Fairy Stone State Park, created by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The park is the largest of Virginia's first six state ...
Hungry Mother Lake
(Virginia, USA)
1,728 Hungry Mother Lake Pictures Hungry Mother Lake Message Forums Surrounded by mountain vistas, the 108-acre Hungry Mother Lake is the recreational centerpiece of southwestern Virginia's 2,180-acre Hungry Mother State Park, in Smyth County near Marion. Its beach attracts swimmers, sunbathers, picnickers, and volleyball players. Its waters attract anglers, kayakers, ...
Douthat Lake
(Virginia, USA)
1,000 Douthat Lake Pictures Douthat Lake Message Forums 50-acre Douthat Lake (that's "DOW-thut") is surrounded by the beautiful Allegheny Mountains in Virginia's 4,545-acre Douthat State Park. It's accessible through year-round cabins (rented by the state park system) and through well-equipped campgrounds that are tent and RV friendly. Popular activities ...

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