Posted by: Roby Robertson | December 18, 2009

How Does Lake Norman Compare with Other NC Lakes

Lake Norman (at full pond) has 32,510 acres of surface area, it can hold 3.4 trillion gallons or 1,093,600 acre-feet of water.

Next is Lake Mattamuskeet (located near the center of Hyde County just west of North Carolina’s Outer Banks), the only natural lake in the top 5 in NC. It has a surface area of about 40,000 acres. This makes Mattamuskeet much larger than Lake Norman in surface area. However it has an average depth of 2 feet so it only has a capacity of 80,000 acre-feet of water.  By comparison, Lake Norman has a capacity of 1,093.600 acre-feet of water. Lake Norman holds more water but Lake Mattamuskeet covers more area.

There are 3 NC lakes built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These lakes are: Falls Lake, B. Everett Jordan Lake and John H. Kerr Lake.  Unlike Lake Norman, there is no “Full Pond” level for these lakes.

The primary purpose of these lakes is flood control thus resulting in the water level varying by more than 50 feet.  In comparison, Lake Norman rarely varies by more than 7 feet. 

John H. Kerr(located near Raleigh, NC) at 83,200 acres at maximum flood-control pool is the largest of these three lakes. The bulk of Kerr Lake is in Virginia with only a small portion in North Carolina.

B. Everett Jordan (also near Raleigh, NC)  has 51,830 acres at maximum flood-control pool.

The smallest of these 3 is Falls Lake(just North of Raleigh/Durham NC) at 39,960 acres at  maximum flood-control pool.

These 3 lakes have a maximum capacity that is much greater than Lake Norman in acres covered and the capacity to hold water.  However they have never been at maximum capacity and often cover less area than Lake Norman.

The conclusion is that of the 5 largest lakes in (or partly in) North Carolina.

Lake Norman with it’s 535 miles of shoreline and being just 18 minutes from Charlotte, NC. is unlike other lakes and by far the best. Lake Norman borders 5 towns, has amenities within a 5-20 minute drive, award winning schools, lakeside dining, shopping, hospitals and is filled with everything you’ll need for work and play.

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