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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News
Apr 17, 2014 Governor Proposes Legislation That Allows Duke To Leave Coal Ash In Place
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Governor McCrory released draft legislation that purports to address North Carolina’s growing problem with toxic coal ash waste. The general public became aware of this issue after the February 2nd spill of 39,000 tons of the toxic sludge into North Carolina’s Dan River. Unfortunately, the Governor's proposal is not the type of legislation that is needed or that the public has been demanding.
Mar 27, 2014 'No Swim' Advisory: Sewage Spills Into Mountain Island Lake
Power outage leaves 73,000 gallons released without final treatment step.
Mar 11, 2014 'No Swim' Advisory: Sewage Spills Continue Into Lake Wylie
When it rains, Tega Cay Water Service still overflows, although sewer blockage responsible for overflow on March 11, which had no rain.
Mar 07, 2014 Judge Rules Duke Must Clean Up Coal Ash Ponds
CRF's lawsuits remain active but ruling will aid case. The court decision overrules an Environmental Management Commission denial of a petition by North Carolina Waterkeepers to require the State to enforce the groundwater standards against Duke. Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate the sources of groundwater contamination that are currently violating water quality standards at all 14 of its coal-fired power plants in North Carolina, including the three coal ash sites along a 29-mile span of the Catawba River around Charlotte.
Mar 03, 2014 Spring CRF Events Coming Up with Warm Weather
Paddles, Cleanups, Fundraisers, and Local Covekeeper/Water Watch Meetings Plentiful Now Through May
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Click here to fill out a pollution report or to report water pollution to Catawba Riverkeeper by phone, call 1-888-679-9494 or 704-679-9494.  In addition, to informing your Riverkeeper, you should also report spills or contamination to federal, state and local environmental officials.

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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