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Lake Gaston gets cell service boost

Daily Herald

Date: 7/30/2015 9:32:00 AM

LAKE GASTON — Cellular service near Lake Gaston has been poor in the past, according to Brady Martin, but now his company and Verizon are teaming up to give the area a boost. Martin, manager of marketing and economic development for Halifax Electric

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HGTV coming to Lake Gaston for show

Daily Herald

Date: 7/24/2015 9:06:00 AM

A film crew representing an HGTV house-hunting show, “Lakefront Bargain Hunt,” is expected in Halifax County next week. “A production assistant from an entertainment company in New York called and said they wanted to film,” said Wanda Clark, town

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Vendors sought for Littleton/Lake Gaston Festival

Henderson Daily Dispatch

Date: 7/24/2015 7:57:00 AM

Planning is underway for this year’s Littleton/Lake Gaston Festival, which is now in its 31st year. The festival will take Friday evening, Sept. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, in downtown Littleton. The festival is organized by the

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Young NC anglers learn through competitions

The News & Observer

Date: 7/22/2015 2:47:00 PM

I have to sit in the boat all day and can’t fish.” Tournament director Jeff Narron of Sims said eight to 10 teams have turned out for the monthly series, which started in March on Lake Gaston, then visited Kerr Lake, Pembroke Creek, Lake Gaston again

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A time for family and memories

The Daily Advance

Date: 7/22/2015 11:23:00 AM

My grandfather lived out his last years in a cottage at Lake Gaston, and it was there that my cousins and I bonded over boats, swimming and fishing. After my grandfather’s death I visited my grandmother at the lake house a number of times. The last time

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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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