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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Sep 01, 2015 Troubled Waters: Protecting Charlotte's Most Endangered Resource
We recently had a chat with Emilee Syrewicze, the new Executive Director of the Catawba Riverkeeper. She filled us in on the state of the basin, how we can help improve it, and her favorite places to paddle along its shores.
Aug 26, 2015 Neighborhood Fighting Big-Box Development
Franklin Woods, Gardner Woods, Garner Park and Sedgefiled neighborhoods near Duhart's Creek on Lake Wylie are coming together to fight the most recent (of many) attempts to build a big-box store in an environmentally sensitive location.
Aug 20, 2015 Summer Youth Kayak & Education Reaches 347 Kids in 2015
The program teaches under-privileged and inner-city youth about the natural environment as well as water safety and kayak skills. The kids are then put ON the Catawba River to see and experience everything they learned!
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Aug 05, 2015 NC DENR ISSUES CHARLOTTE WATER PERMIT TO SPREAD SLUDGE; RIVERKEEPER AND CW REQUEST MODIFICATIONS
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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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The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a proud member of EarthShare North Carolina, the North Carolina Conservation Network, River Network and the Waterkeeper Alliance.  It also in in an alliance with Clean Air Carolina to address issues, such as sprawl, that cause air and water problems.

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