John H. Kerr Reservoir


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Altavista officials hope new boat ramp project will have economic impact on town

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Date: 1/18/2017 4:34:00 PM

Altavista is looking to encourage river tourism as a way to bring in more money and provide residents a new recreation opportunity. Officials now are almost two years into an effort to install a new boat ramp along the Staunton River, which wends its way

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Wellesley Club to hold meeting Nov. 14

Date: 11/11/2016 7:48:00 AM

The Wellesley Club will have its second meeting of the 2016-17 year on Nov. 14 at the Crowne Plaza Natick Hotel, 1360 Worcester St., Natick. The social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The featured speaker will be Peter F. Jackson, a planner

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John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir

Date: 11/4/2016 1:45:34 AM

From Raleigh, north on US 1 to I-85; west on NC 1224, exit 223; north on NC 1200, which turns into VA 4 at State line. From Richmond, south on I-95; south on I-85 toward South Hill; West on US 58, exit 12; South on VA 4

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We want stay near this place JOHN H. KERR RESERVOIR

Date: 8/22/2016 5:00:00 PM

I'll admit that John H. Kerr Resevoir is a new one for me. What I learned is that this lake is located in both Virginia and in North Carolina. One North Carolina State Park (Kerr Lake State Recreation Area) is located on its shores and two Virginia State

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Date: 8/19/2016 5:00:00 PM

Occoneechee State Park is on Virginia's largest lake, Buggs Island Lake, also known as John H. Kerr Reservoir. The park features 3.1 miles of walking trails which allow the guest to experience the history of the Occoneechee Indians and plantation life in

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• River: Roanoke River
• Length: 800 Miles
• Surface Area: 48,900 Acres
• Volume: 3,364,500 Acre Feet
• Average Depth: 30 Feet
• Maximum Depth: 100 feet
Kerr Lake (officially John H. Kerr Reservoir, also known as Bugg's Island Lake) is a reservoir along the border of the U.S. states of North Carolina and Virginia created by the John H. Kerr Dam. The dam construction started in 1947 and took 2,100+ workers in three shifts, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, more than four years to complete, and was finished in 1952 to produce electricity and to provide flood control. It is the largest reservoir in Virginia. It is owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers. It is located in parts of Vance, Granville, and Warren counties in North Carolina, and Mecklenburg, Charlotte, and Halifax counties in Virginia. At its maximum capacity, it is one of the largest reservoirs in the Southeastern United States. The lake has over 850 miles of shoreline and covers approximately 50,000 acres (200 km²). The lake is named for Congressman John H. Kerr of North Carolina, who supported the original creation of the lake.

The lake is an impoundment of the Roanoke River (also called the Staunton River in Virginia). The Dan River and several smaller creeks also feed the lake. The lake is upstream of Lake Gaston. Just downstream from the current John H. Kerr Dam, and still visible from the viewing platform below the dam at Tailrace Park, lies Buggs Island, named for Samuel Bugg, an early settler. North Carolinians know this body of water as Kerr Lake. Virginians know it as Buggs Island Lake or Buggs Island Reservoir.

Camping is a popular activity, with many campsites (run by the Army Corps of Engineers, North Carolina State Parks and Virginia State Parks) lining the shore including Kimball Point, North Bend Park, County Line, Hibernia, and others. Campsites for both tents and RVs are available. Jet-skiing and water-tubing occur often on the lake. Recreational motor boating and sailing also occur on the lake, with three privately operated marinas available: Steele Creek and Satterwhite Point (in North Carolina) and Clarksville (in Virginia). These marinas have rental slips for sail and motor boats, with additional amenities including fuel docks, marina stores, and some organized yacht clubs. The Carolina Sailing Club stages monthly regattas for several one-design sailing classes from April through October.
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