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
Nov 21, 2014 CATAWBA RIVERKEEPER COMPLETES FIRST PCB TESTING OF FISH TISSUE ON LAKE JAMES
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has received results from its September polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) testing of fish tissue on Lake James.
Oct 13, 2014 Volunteers remove more than 6,500 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree
Organized cleanup a monumental success as 45 volunteers remove 95 bags, 27 tires, and much more
Oct 13, 2014 Lincoln County Big Sweep Best Ever
The NC Big Sweep in Lincoln County on Saturday, October 11, was our most successful NC Big Sweep to date! We had the largest number of boat captains and volunteers participate (80), we were able to clean up more sites than ever before (28), and we removed more trash than at previous events.
Oct 09, 2014 Support Clean Water Campaign
We are tired of hearing politicians and Duke Energy claim that they've solved the coal ash problem or "cleaned up" the coal ash mess. It's not true! This month CRF is starting a new campaign to make sure that the public understands that coal ash and other water problems are still a big threat, and that recent legislation and Duke's "cleanup" efforts have not solved the problems.
Oct 04, 2014 Over 1000 Volunteers Turn Out to Clean Up Lake Wylie
Saturday, October 4, was a beautiful day for volunteers to pick up trash from around Lake Wylie. Over 1,000 people came out to 14 different locations to pick up approximately 29,000 pounds of trash. For the first time, kayaks were used to gather trash in shallow areas that are not easily accessible with a larger boat.
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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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