Lookout Shoals Lake Page

Information, maps and links about Lookout Shoals Lake

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Lookout Shoals Lake - Less than 10 miles from the dam Lookout Shoals Lake fishermen  at Lake Hickory, Lookout Shoals Lake is formed by the Lookout Shoals Dam. Here in the Catawba's journey to South Carolina the river makes a turn to a southeast heading, one it will favor until it once again widens and gives birth to Lake Norman. 

The Lookout Shoals Hydro Station operated by Duke Energy has 3 generating units and was completed in 1915. A year later the dam and powerhouse were completely covered with water during the “Great Flood of 1916". There are two public boat launches providing access to the lake's 1,305 acres.

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 To learn more about the Upper Catawba River Basin visit the pages below:

 Statistical information and links to Duke Energy information about the lakes can be found here -> Lakes


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