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The voice of the people

Daily Herald

Date: 5/24/2015 3:34:00 PM

According to Christina Wells, Lake Gaston Chamber executive director, she heard from other people the previous year as to why they couldn’t do what the judges did. “Why can’t I taste all the individual barbecue?” Wells recalled people asking

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Coal-ash inquiry must continue

Date: 5/23/2015 9:14:00 PM

All of this stems from the massive coal ash spill last year that fouled the Dan River upstream from Lake Gaston, which provides drinking water for much of Hampton Roads. Coal ash contains arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium and a host of other toxic nasties

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Fixing a bad decision

Henderson Daily Dispatch

Date: 5/16/2015 6:01:00 PM

Poor decision making led to my low finish last Saturday in the Piedmont division BFL on Lake Gaston. I’d located some good fish in practice on Friday around docks in mid lake coves. Some were on their beds laying eggs, others were guarding newborn fry

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Lake Gaston Clean-Up Day

Daily Herald

Date: 5/13/2015 8:18:00 AM

The Lake Gaston Association’s Lake Clean-Up Committee is finalizing its plans to make the fifth annual Take Pride in Lake Gaston Lake Clean-up event on May 30 the most participated in event ever. There are many ways to join this effort. If you own

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Owen Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division Event on Lake Gaston

Fishing World

Date: 5/12/2015 2:37:00 PM

(May 11, 2015 - BRACEY, VA.) Richard Owen of Chester, Virginia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Gaston. For his victory, Owen earned

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• Surface Area: 20,300 Acres
Lake Gaston is a hydroelectric reservoir in east United States of America. Part of the lake is in the North Carolina counties of Halifax, Northampton, and Warren. The part extending into Virginia lies in Brunswick and Mecklenburg counties. Lake Gaston is roughly 35 miles long and covers over 20,000 acres, with 350 miles of shoreline.
The area surrounding the lake is home to more than 150,000 residents. The nearest towns are Littleton and Roanoke Rapids in North Carolina, and Clarksville and South Hill in Virginia.
The lake is not federally owned. It was formed when the Virginia Electric Power Company (VEPCO) built Gaston Dam on the Roanoke River to generate electricity for Dominion Resources, which owns the lake. The dam is located on the North Carolina side and generates electricity for Dominion North Carolina Power, which is the North Carolina operating company of Dominion Resources. The dam includes four hydroelectric generators, with a total generating capacity of 224 megawatts.
Lake Gaston is fed by water from Kerr Lake upstream, and supplies water to Roanoke Rapids Lake downstream, a smaller predecessor to Lake Gaston. This is one of the few areas of the country with three hydroelectric dams so close together.
Lake Gaston has long been popular for fishing and other water recreation. The lake is a favorite vacation spot, because it is close to the Research Triangle region of North Carolina and is close to I-85 and I-95. Lake Gaston was built for flood control, hydroelectric power and recreational enjoyment, including activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing and wakeboarding.
The lake has been a popular retirement destination since the 1970s. Retirees are drawn from all over the country by the rural feel of the area while also being close to larger cities. There are few vacant waterfront lots remaining on the favored parts of the lake. Some buyers are purchasing smaller homes and demolishing them to make larger vacation homes. Most waterfront lots now cost over $300,000.
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