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Lake Information for Belews Lake


Belews Lake is a man-made reservoir in Stokes, Rockingham, and Forsyth counties of North Carolina, near the towns of Stokesdale and Walnut Cove. It was created in 1973 by the Duke Energy corporation to provide cooling water for the corporation's Belews Creek Steam Station, a coal-burning power plant.
Belews Creek Steam Station

The lake has a surface area of 3,864 acres (16 km2) and an 88-mile (142 km) shoreline. It is held back by a rolled earth dam and a concrete spillway. The northern portion of the lake commonly has depths of over 100 feet and the lake reaches up to 130 feet (40 m) deep in the vicinity of the dam. There is no hydroelectric power generation at this dam, so the lake is not bound by many FERC regulations.

It was formed from Belews Creek, a small tributary of the Dan River. U.S. Route 158 and North Carolina State Highway 65, as well as a number of secondary roads provide access to the lake. Boating and water skiing are common on the lake.

Facilities and Parks: 

Two marinas on the lake include Humphrey's Ridge, which has a grill that serves food, and Carolina Marina, which has boat sales and service facilities.

Fishing Description: 

Species of fish include: Largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, striped bass, spotted bass, crappie, sunfish, and catfish.

Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
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Belews Lake
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North Carolina

Businesses Located Nearby

Boat Rental

    Belew Wake Marine Incorporated
  • 4250 Ellisboro Rd - Stokesdale, NC
  • (336) 548-1900
    Boat Dock Beach Club
  • 339 N Shore Dr - Lexington, NC
  • (336) 859-3625
    Tiger Boats
  • 2900 Oak Ridge Rd - Oak Ridge, NC
  • (336) 644-6924

Vacation Rental

    Ohenry Hotel
  • 624 Green Valley Rd - Greensboro, NC
  • (336) 854-2000
    Humphrey's Ridge Family
  • 241 Humphreys Ridge Dr - Stokesdale, NC
  • (336) 427-3949

Bar and Restaurant

    Stix Sports Bar & Restaurant
  • 2589 Eric Ln - Burlington, NC
  • (336) 222-7770
    Claddagh Bar & Restaurant
  • 130 E Parris Ave - High Point, NC
  • (336) 841-0521
    Fuzzy's Bar-B-Que
  • 407 Highway St - Madison, NC
  • (336) 427-4130

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