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Lake Information for High Rock Lake


High Rock Lake is the northernmost of the Uwharrie Lakes and the second largest lake in North Carolina behind Lake Norman. Its water surface covers 15,180 acres (61 km2) and there are 365 miles (587 km) of shoreline. It begins at the confluence of the Yadkin River and the South Yadkin River. The lake's name is derived from neighboring "High Rock Mountain", the tallest mountain in the Uwharrie Mountains. The lake serves as a boundary between Davidson and Rowan counties and is a reservoir for hydroelectric power generation. High Rock Lake is currently managed and operated by the Alcoa company.

The lake is spanned by two bridges at the northern end of the lake: the I-85/US 52 bridge and the older US 29/US 70/NC 150 bridge. The NC 8 causeway crosses the Abbotts Creek tributary of the lake, as does a bridge at Holloway Church Road farther north of Abbotts Creek. Railroad tracks and their causeways also cross the southeastern portion of the lake at the Hwy 8 causeway and over Flat Swamp Creek. Numerous communities align the lake's banks including Lexington, Salisbury, Southmont, Linwood, High Rock, and Spencer.

Facilities and Parks: 

There are several public ramps that can be accessed at no charge, and private ramps that can be accessed for a small fee. The lake has no restrictions on boat motor size and personal water craft are legal for use. Unlike many municipal lakes, there are no restrictions to access or use and it is available for use 24 hours a day. There are a number of campgrounds that adjoin the lake, some offering year round space rentals that also provide access to guests.

Fishing Description: 

High Rock Lake has been considered one of the best fishing lakes of North Carolina for a long time. It has been the host of Bassmaster Tournaments, including the Bassmasters Classic in 1994, 1995, 1997 and 2007 and is the site of frequent other angling competitions. The lake has ample channel, blue, and flathead catfish, plus crappie and several different sunfish such as bluegill, shellcracker and others. Striper and their hybrids as well as white bass are also abundant. The lake is best known for its quantity and quality of largemouth bass, which attract anglers from all over the United States. This is likely due to the relatively shallow nature of the lake and the tremendous amount of habitat that favor the bass.

Largemouth Bass
Striped Bass
White Bass
White Perch
Catfish Family
Optional Information
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High Rock Lake
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North Carolina

Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Joe's Bait & Tackle Shop
  • 1236 E Main St - Albemarle, NC
  • (704) 982-8716
    Beck's Wholesale Bait
  • 416 Country Club Blvd - Lexington, NC
  • (336) 357-5404

Boat Rental

    Tropical Boat Rental
  • 2328 Godsey Wood Dr - Charlotte, NC
  • (704) 971-1111
    Boat Dock Beach Club
  • 339 N Shore Dr - Lexington, NC
  • (336) 859-3625
    Carolina Boat Rentals
  • 3709 Sweetgrass Ln - Charlotte, NC
  • (704) 541-7058

Vacation Rental

    Casa Lago Vacation Home Rental Lake Norman NC
  • 114 Paulas Parkway Ln - Mooresville, NC
  • (704) 890-1976

Bar and Restaurant

    Arey's BBQ
  • 6135 Goodman Lake Rd - Salisbury, NC
  • (704) 279-6300
    Jerry Mac's Lakeside Restaurant
  • 9185 Bringle Ferry Rd - Salisbury, NC
  • (704) 637-3699
    Smithfields Chicken N Bar B
  • 515 Nc 24 27 Byp E - Albemarle, NC
  • (704) 986-4877

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