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James Lake, NC

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Lake Size: 6,510 Acres
Shoreline Length (Miles): 150 Miles
Deepest Depth: 115 ft
Latitude: 35.7478
Longitude: -81.8785
Lake Level Above Sea Level: 1,200 ft
Counties: Catawba, Burke, McDowell
Cities: Marion

Information: Located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, between the towns of Marion and Morganton, Lake James is 1,200 feet above sea level. The lake was created between 1916 and 1923 with the construction of dams across the Catawba River and two tributaries, Paddy Creek and Linville River. These impoundments were connected by a broad canal to form a 6,510-acre body of water. Named for James B. Duke, founder of Duke Power Company, Lake James has been a hydroelectric unit for the power company since the early 1900s.
  
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Lake James is a large reservoir in the mountains of Western North Carolina which straddles the border between Burke and McDowell Counties. It is named for tobacco tycoon and benefactor of Duke University, James Buchanan Duke. The lake lies behind a series of 4 earthen dams, and was created by Duke Power between 1916-1923 as a hydro-electric project. It still generates power today, and is the uppermost lake on the Catawba River system.
 



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