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Lake Information for Lake Gaston


Lake Gaston is a manmade reservoir located in the U.S. states of North Carolina and Virginia. The lake is located near Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina and is located in Halifax, Northampton, and Warren counties in North Carolina and Brunswick and Mecklenburg counties in Virginia. The lake is roughly 35 miles long and covers over 20,000 acres (80 kmĀ²) with 350 miles (560 km) of shoreline. The area surrounding the lake is home to more than 150,000 residents.

The lake was formed from impounding the Roanoke River and was constructed in 1963 by the Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO) as a result of building the Gaston Dam to generate electricity. The dam is located on the North Carolina side of the border and currently generates electricity for Dominion North Carolina Power (the North Carolina operating company of Dominion Resources). The dam includes four hydro electric generators, with a total generating capacity of 224 megawatts. Lake Gaston is fed with water from Kerr Lake upstream and supplies water to the Roanoke Rapids Lake downstream, a smaller predecessor to Lake Gaston. This is one of the only areas of the country with three hydro-electric dams in such proximity.

The lake has been a popular retirement destination for seniors from all over the country since the 1970s. Retirees are drawn by the rural feel that permeates the lake area while maintaining proximity to larger cities.

Facilities and Parks: 

Summit in Halifax County: On Blue Bird Road (S.R. 1482), off Myrick Estates Road (S.R. 1458), west of Roanoke Rapids.

Henrico in Northampton County: On River Road (S.R. 1214), 5.5 miles west of N.C. 46, west of Gaston.

Salmon's Landing (Stonehouse Crk) in Warren County: On Salmons Landing Road (S.R. 1371), off Enterprise Road (S.R. 1357), northwest of Littleton.

Other boat ramps are located in Virginia.

Fishing Description: 

Lake Gaston has an excellent largemouth bass population. Many anglers like to fish the aquatic vegetation for largemouth bass. Boat docks also are likely places to catch largemouth bass. Striped bass, which are stocked by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, continue to produce a number of quality-sized fish. Striper fishing in the tail waters below Kerr Dam is an annual event. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) annually stock walleyes, and the best fishing is usually in the upper end during February and March. Lake Gaston also contains channel catfish, blue catfish, chain pickerel, and bluegill.

Largemouth Bass
Striped Bass
Catfish Family
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Lake Gaston
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North Carolina

Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Stone House Timber Lodge
  • 154 Stonehouse Dr - Littleton, NC
  • (252) 586-3012
    Buggs Island Bait & Tackle
  • 7279 Us-15 - Clarksville, VA
  • (434) 374-8934
    Pineywoods Bait Tackle
  • 914 Main St - Scotland Neck, NC
  • (252) 826-9991

Boat Rental

    Boat Lift Store
  • 1557 Nc Highway 903 - Littleton, NC
  • (252) 586-5437

Vacation Rental

    Story Properties Vacations Rentals
  • 1245 Nc Highway 903 - Littleton, NC
  • (252) 586-7001
    Eaton's Ferry Motel
  • 1595 Nc Highway 903 - Littleton, NC
  • (252) 586-7211

Bar and Restaurant

    Mordecai's Restaurant & Pub
  • 160 Shaw Springs Rd - Littleton, NC
  • (252) 586-5900
    Kahill's Restaurant & Bar
  • 1791 N Mecklenburg Ave - La Crosse, VA
  • (434) 447-6941

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