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Gaston Lake, NC

Lake Size: 20,000 Acres
Shoreline Length (Miles): 350 Miles
Deepest Depth: 95 ft
Latitude: 36.509649
Longitude: -77.880819
Lake Level Above Sea Level: 200 ft (61 m)
Counties: Northampton County
Cities: Gaston

Information: Gorgeous Lake Gaston is between Interstates 85 and 95 and runs along the Virginia - North Carolina border. As a man made lake, Lake Gaston has long been popular fishing and water recreation. The lake is not federally owned. Lake Gaston was formed from impounding the Roanoke River and was constructed in 1963. Lake Gaston is about 35 miles long and covers more than 20,000 acres with 350 miles of shoreline. That shoreline is in both VA and NC.
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Lake Gaston is a reservoir in the U.S. states of North Carolina and Virginia. The lake is near Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina and is in Halifax, Northampton, and Warren counties in North Carolina and Brunswick and Mecklenburg counties in Virginia. Lake Gaston is roughly 35 miles long and covers over 20,000 acres (80 kmĀ²) with 350 miles (560 km) of shoreline. The area surrounding the lake is home to more than 150,000 residents. The lake was formed from impounding the Roanoke River and was constructed in 1963 by the Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO) as a result of building the Gaston Dam to generate electricity. The dam is located on the North Carolina side of the border and generates electricity for Dominion North Carolina Power (the North Carolina operating company of Dominion Resources). The dam includes four hydroelectric generators, with a total generating capacity of 224 megawatts. Lake Gaston is fed with water from Kerr Lake upstream and supplies water to the Roanoke Rapids Lake downstream, a smaller predecessor to Lake Gaston. This is one of the only areas of the country with three hydroelectric dams in such proximity.

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