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3/29/2015
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Water Resources Outlook for March 26, 2015

NWS Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 3/26/2015

Water Resources Outlook for March 26

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Kerr Lake bass heading toward shallows despite cold, stained water

northcarolinasportsman.com

Date: 3/18/2015 6:45:00 PM

With runoff from snow melt and rain, John H. Kerr Reservoir still has cool water that’s stained to muddy, but guide Tim Wilson of Buffalo Junction, Va., said recent warming days already are starting to push female bass toward shallow water. “The water

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E-mails and Memos

US Army Natural Resources Management Gateway

Date: 2/5/2015 4:00:00 PM

I am very pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Corps of Engineers Excellence in Partnership (EIP) Award. The contributions of these groups and individuals are outstanding examples of advancing our Strategic Plan to sustain collaboration and

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Ruff: Name of lake not changing

South Hill Enterprise

Date: 1/20/2015 11:07:00 AM

When State Sen. Frank Ruff agreed to patron Senate Bill No. 972 before the General Assembly, he probably didn’t expect the wave of publicity and negative reaction from many voters who believe the bill is an attempt to change the name of Buggs Island Lake

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Virginia might concede to NC-backed name of Kerr Lake

The News & Observer

Date: 1/16/2015 3:06:00 PM

RICHMOND, Va. — For 63 years a lake on the North Carolina-Virginia line has suffered from an identity crisis – and visitors have gotten whiplash. Now, after decades of disagreement about the lake’s name, Virginia may finally be ready to yield. To

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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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