John H. Kerr Reservoir


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GAO Affirms Army Corps Award For Va. Reservoir Project

Law 360

Date: 11/2/2015 1:49:00 PM

Law360, New York (November 2, 2015, 4:37 PM ET) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broke no rules in disqualifying a pair of companies that teamed up to bid on a reservoir operations contract, which then went to the highest-rated remaining bidder, due to

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Amendment to Occoneechee State Park master plan to be discussed

South Hill Enterprise

Date: 10/16/2015 11:04:00 AM

A public meeting to discuss an amendment to the 2011 Occoneechee State Park master plan will be held Oct. 29, 6 p.m., at the Clarksville Community Center, 102 Willow Drive, Clarksville. Staff from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will

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Another no vote on uranium

Date: 8/31/2015 2:19:00 PM

The Virginia Beach City Council is set tonight to vote — again — on a resolution opposing uranium mining in Virginia. The issue is still, thankfully and for all practical purposes, dead. Mining uranium is still illegal in the commonwealth. The General

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Deep brush piles producing crappie, white perch for Kerr Lake anglers

Date: 7/20/2015 5:26:00 PM

With the heat on across North Carolina, many fishermen have taken to after-dark trips, but Chris Bullock, a veteran guide on John H. Kerr Reservoir has been knocking out plenty of black crappie and white perch on daytime trips. “I don’t fish at night

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More Ways To Get On SOVA Wild Blueway With Completion of New Banister River Access Point

ABC 13

Date: 4/24/2015 2:17:00 PM

Halifax, VA-- For those who can't wait to spend some time outdoors on the Southside, a new project is making that easier for you. The town of Halifax celebrated the completion of the Banister River Blueway Gateway Project on Friday. It's the brain child of

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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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