Information about Lake Gaston
Lake Gaston Area: Lake Gaston is a not
a city or township, but rather a very large "community" of the
privately owned property surrounding it. Because of the
recreational and relaxed pace of our community, our population of
residents on the Lake is drawn primarily from a very large and
diverse mix of vacation homeowners and retirees. Approximately half
are full time residents.
There are no public/state parks on Lake Gaston,
but each of the five surrounding counties provide boating access to
the public, and many fishing tournaments are held throughout the
The main body of Lake Gaston is located on the border of Virginia
and North Carolina, between I-85 on the west and I-95 on the east.
This location also places Lake Gaston on the border of the coastal
and piedmont regions of the states. For more detailed information,
please click on the Geography link, or Home link for maps.
Because of its size, locations around the lake
are often referred to as being in one of the four quadrants (NW, SW,
NE, SE) using the Eaton Ferry Main Lake Bridge as the most central
dividing line and providing access to and from the north and south
The impoundment of Lake Gaston in 1963 was created for the purpose
of hydroelectric power generation, and it is owned by Dominion
Resources. Lake Gaston has more than 20,000 surface acres, is 34
miles long and 1.3 miles across at its widest point. Its average
water depth is 40 feet.
As one of
many lakes along the Roanoke River Basin, water feeds into Lake
Gaston from the Kerr Lake Dam upstream and flows over the Gaston Dam
into the Roanoke Rapids Lake downstream. Under normal conditions
the maximum water elevations are 200 feet above mean sea level on
Gaston, and 132 feet in the Roanoke Rapids lake. A real plus for
Lake Gaston is its relatively constant water level, which generally
fluctuates only one-half a foot higher or lower than its average
199.5 feet above mean sea level.
bodies of water its size, Dominion operates the lake within the
regulations and license of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
(FERC), and the U.S. Corps of Engineers. It is monitored by the
U.S. Coast Guard and the Wildlife Commissions of both North Carolina
Boating: The “main” body of the
lake runs east/west and is approx 35 miles long between the dams.
The main bridge crossing over the main lake (Eaton Ferry Bridge) is
centrally located and elevated to allow boats to go under. The lake
also includes 20 “Creeks” that run north or south off the main
body. All have access to the main body, and some require boating
under a bridge. The bridge "culverts" allow passage for most boats,
but a couple of them require lowering the bimini tops. The pontoon
boat is a favorite and seen just as often as water skiing boats…
sailboats enjoy tacking across the main body, and of course, the
lake is spotted with fishing boats even on the coldest of days!
prefer living, boating, or swimming in the coves/creeks on Lake
Gaston (large lakes themselves) because they tend to be quieter and
there is less wind, surf and boating activity. Property that is not
located on the “main” lake is considered to be on a “cove.”
With the right protection, even fishing in the winter is fun. Among
others, you will find stripers and largemouth bass, bluegill, black
crappie, walleye, white perch, and catfish.
Temperatures: Our moderate, four-season climate has average
winter temperatures of 42.4°F and summer temps of 76.5°F. Our
typically light snow falls in the winter remain for a couple of
days, and roads are promptly cleared.
Topography: Lake Gaston is surrounded by hilly and flat
terrain. While some areas of the lake tend to be more elevated,
there is no major difference between land values or topography
between the 2 states.
Joel now guides full time in the North Carolina and Virginia
area. He will help you learn the tricks and tips that have made him
a prominent angler on the national tours.
Kerr Lake, known locally as Bugg's Island, is one of Joel's
favorite waters to fish. The brand new Randleman Reservoir is
producing huge catches and fast moving to one of the best lakes on
the East Coast.