Lakes

There are eleven major lakes in the basin and the dams that form these lakes have a major impact on the flow of the river.

Catawba River Lakes and Dams

Historical information about the Catawba basin is available by clicking here. A page about the eleven lakes of the Catawba and links to information about the individual lakes is here. Statistical information about the North Carolina lakes along the Catawba River is summarized below:

 

Reservoir

Drainage Basin Area

Overall Capacity

Working Capacity

Surface Area

Maximum Hydropower Output

Mean Depth

Mean Retention time

 

km^2

MG

MG

km2

MW

m

days

Lake James

984.2

89710

8886

27.6

20

13.5

208

Lake Rhodhiss

1838.9

15150

3990

12.4

26

6.3

21

Lake Hickory

569.8

33660

3443

17.1

36

9.5

33

Lookout Shoals

362.6

8146

1064

5.3

26

7.3

7

Lake Norman

880.6

356400

63526

131.4

350

10.2

239

Mountain Island Lake

181.3

18670

2675

13.3

60

5.4

12

Lake Wylie

3004.4

74690

13150

54.4

60

7

39

Fishing Creek Lake

 

 19450

 

13.6

 

 5.4

 6

Great Falls & Rocky Creek

 

 

 

1.9

 

 

 

Lake Wateree

845.7

 100987

 

56.1

 

 6.9

 27

 

Clicking on the following links will Lowes Headquarters on Lake Normantake you to the Duke Energy website for more information about each of the lakes along the Catawba River:

Lake James,

Lake Rhodhiss,

Lake Hickory,

Lookout Shoals,

Lake Norman,

Mountain Island Lake,

Lake Wylie,

Fishing Creek,

Great Falls,

Rocky Creek, and

Lake Wateree.

The photo above shows new development around Lake Norman.  The map below shows the location of each of the lakes in the Catawba-Wateree River basin.

 

 

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Feb 18, 2015 One Year After the Dan River Coal Ash Spill
A reflection of what has happened and where we need to go to address one of the most grave threats -- coal ash -- to our waterways.
Feb 12, 2015 Lake Wateree Covekeepers, Citizens Stand Up for Water Quality Regulations at Planning and Zoning Board Meeting
Agenda item considered eliminating buffers, other protections for Kershaw County
Feb 12, 2015 SC Ash Cleanup Ahead of Schedule
In 2012, SCE&G settled a lawsuit brought by the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and the Southern Environmental Law Center by agreeing to clean up a leaking ash pond at its power plant on the Catawba-Wateree River. According to a recent report, that cleanup is ahead of schedule. Unlike SCE&G, Duke Energy has not cleaned up any of its ash ponds on the Catawba-Wateree River.
Jan 05, 2015 Coal Ash Problem Bigger than Previously Thought
As State officials return from the holidays and begin sifting through all of the information being generated about the coal ash ponds in North Carolina, it is becoming apparent that the problem is bigger than previously believed, and that very little is know about how whether the contamination from the ash ponds will affect drinking water wells or other water supplies.
Dec 19, 2014 NEW EPA COAL ASH RULE FALLS SHORT OF PROTECTING PEOPLE, WATER
EPA's waste designation of coal ash -- years in the making -- allows state/utility oversight, leaving coal ash in place and using ash as unlined structural fill.
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To report South Carolina water pollution call 1-888-481-0125.

To report North Carolina spills or fish kills, call your local regional Department of Environment & Natural Resources office during normal business hours (704-663-1699 for most Catawba basin areas or (828) 296-4500 for Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and other mountain counties) or 800-858-0368 after hours.  (For more information on NC spill reporting, click here)

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