Lake Gaston and its surrounding area comprise a unique community and one of the best kept secrets in the southeast United States. The Lake is situated along the North Carolina/Virginia border and its shoreline touches two counties in Virginia – Brunswick and Mecklenburg – and three counties in North Carolina – Halifax, Warren and Northampton. It’s easy access from north and south via I-85 on the west and I-95 on the east makes it particularly well suited as a weekend destination for Raleigh and Richmond residents, and many travel from as far north as New York and as far south as South Carolina to spend time here. In addition major hospitals, universities and shopping malls are in close proximity (about 1.5 hour drive) north to Richmond and south to Raleigh.
Lake Gaston waters cover over 20,000 acres and is approximately 35 miles long. Located between Kerr Dam on the west and Gaston Dam on the east, lake water levels remain mostly constant, and are controlled by Dominion Generation, who created the lake to produce electrical power in 1963. With over 400 miles of main lake and creeks shoreline, there is no end to the vistas a boat traveler can enjoy. Visitors and residents are also treated to a wide variety of available waterborne activities including an excellent fishery, swimming, waterskiing, wakeboarding, or just cruising. The sunrises and sunsets from the lake are not to be missed.
What makes Lake Gaston particularly attractive is its mostly rural atmosphere and laid back way of life. It is surrounded by farm land, and the pace is slow and relaxed. Folks come here for a quiet vacation or weekend away from the hustle and bustle of their hectic daily lives, or retire here to quietly enjoy the fruits of their lifetime labors. For those who don’t wish to spend all their time on the water, there are plenty of festivals, church and fire house diners and other events that provide an excellent opportunity to meet and chat with local folks, who are always friendly.