John H. Kerr Reservoir

NORTH CAROLINA - VIRGINIA


Lake Level
309.05 FEET
11/17/2018
Full Pool: 300.0
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Freshwater Fishing in VA

traveltips.usatoday.com

Date: 10/26/2018 5:00:00 PM

Virginia is home to hundreds of lakes and thousands of miles of streams, including some of the best fishing waters in the United States. From vast upland reservoirs to the trickling streams of the Blu

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VIDEO: U.S. Department of Defense Supports Hurricane Michael Response

Space Coast Daily

Date: 10/13/2018 9:15:00 PM

ABOVE VIDEO: U.S. Northern Command and its National Guard and Defense Department partners are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to respond in areas hit by Hurricane Michael

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Campgrounds Near Clarksville, VA

traveltips.usatoday.com

Date: 10/13/2018 5:00:00 PM

Clarksville -- located near the border of North Carolina and Virginia -- has the distinction of being the only Virginia town located on a lake. The 50,000 acre John H. Kerr Reservoir -- operated by th

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DOD Supports Hurricane Michael Response

United States Department of Defense

Date: 10/12/2018 4:05:00 PM

The storm made landfall Oct. 10 in the Florida Panhandle and left a trail of damage and death from Florida to Virginia. Michael had the highest wind speeds of any hurricane to hit the United States si

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DOD Supports Hurricane Michael Response

United States Department of Defense

Date: 10/12/2018 4:05:00 PM

U.S. Northern Command and its National Guard and Defense Department partners are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to respond in areas hit by Hurricane Michael, Northcom officials s

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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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