History of Lake Gaston

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Lake Gaston is Unique in that it crosses two states NC and VA...

Crossing the Virginia and North Carolina border, Lake Gaston was formed in 1963 by the Virginia Electric & Power Company (VEPCO) by impounding the Roanoke River and building the Gaston Dam to generate electricity. Lake Gaston begins at Kerr Dam, built in 1953 for flood control, and continues downstream to Gaston Dam to feed Roanoke Rapids Lake and Roanoke Rapids dam, making this area unique in that three hydro-electric dams are involved in generating electricity for Dominion North Carolina Power.

Not only does the Lake cross two State boundaries, but encounters five counties as well - Halifax County, NC; Northampton County, NC; Warren County, NC; Brunswick County, VA; and Mecklenburg County, VA. It stretches roughly 35 miles long, covering about 350 miles of shoreline, and has been a popular retirement destination for many who want to live in a rural environment, yet be close enough to larger cities for shopping, dining and medical care. Under normal conditions the water elevations average about 200 feet above sea level; and due to the upstream/downstream water flow, remains at a relatively constant water level, fluctuating only 6 inches either way - a real plus for Real Estate investment. Popular cities of South Hill and Bracey Virginia are convenient for shopping and dining.

Dominion North Carolina Power operates the lake within the regulations and license of the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  In addition the US Coast Guard and Wildlife Commissions in both NC & VA monitor the waters closely.


Lake Gaston Quadrants

Proximity to both I-85 and I-95, Lake Gaston makes for an easy commute to Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area as well as Richmond, VA. It's central location also makes it easy for day trips to other VA and NC popular destinations. Locals and fisherman alike define Lake Gaston by QUADRANTS - NW / NE / SW / SE as shown in the map. The NW & NE quadrants stretch across Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties in Virginia, while the SW & SE quadrants stretch across Warren, Northampton and Halifax counties in North Carolina.

  • TOWNS - Enfield, Halifax, Hobgood, Littleton, Scotland Neck, Weldon
  • CENSUS DESIGNATED PLACES - Hollister, South Rosemary, South Weldon
  • UN-INCORPORATED COMMUNITIES - Buffalo Junction, Nelson, Palmer Springs, Shiney Rock, Skipwith
  • TOWNSHIPS - Brinkleyville, Butterwood, Conoconnara, Enfield, Faucett, Halifax, Hobgood, Littleotn, Palmyra, Roanoke Rapids, Roseneath Scotland Neck, Weldon
  • TOWNS - Conway, Garysburg, Gaston, Jackson, Lasker, Rich Square, Seaboard, Severn, Woodland
  • UN-INCORPORATED COMMUNITIES - Margarettsville, Milwaukee, Pleasant Hill, Turners Crossroads
  • TOWNSHIPS - Gaston, Jackson, Kirby, Occoneechee, Pleasant Hill, Rich Square, Roanoke, Seaboard, Wiccanee
  • TOWNS - Macon, Norlina, Warrenton
  • TOWNS - Alberta, Brodnax, Lawrenceville
  • CENSUS DESIGNATED PLACES - Ebony, Gasburg, Warfield
  • TOWNS - Boydton, Brodnax, Chase City, Clarksville, La Crosse, South Hill
  • CENSUS DESIGNATED PLACES - Baskerville, Bracey, Fairview, Thynedale, Union Level
  • UN-INCORPORATED COMMUNITIES - Buffalo Junction, Nelson, Palmer Springs, Shiney Rock, Skipwith
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Of course the highlights of the lake are centered around boating, swimming and fishing, followed by wake boarding, tubing, water skiing and jet skiing. Children and adults of all ages find something wonderful to enjoy about the natural beauty and many activities that the lake offers.

The main body of Lake Gaston runs 35 miles between dams with creeks, coves and rivers branching off along the way. Fisherman love the fact that they have so many options depending on what type of fish they are looking to catch whether it be large mouth bass, catfish, stripers, or walleye - just to name a few. And you will find better fishing on Lake Gaston than other VA & NC lakes.

Off-shore recreation includes golfing, environmental paths for walking and hiking, scenic country roads for biking, local historical sites, antique shopping, cultural art centers, restaurants & gourmet chef service, retail venues - and plenty of places with accessibility to high-speed internet.

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Weather in Lake Gaston is ideal for lake enthusiasts that like moderate to mild four-season temperatures. Because the weather is quite mild, boating, fishing and other water activities are known to be year-round events. Winters average about 42°F and Summers average 77°F. Lake Gaston will receive an occasional snow shower in the Winter months, but the moderate temperatures usually melt it quickly.

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