Effective March 1 Dominion Energy is operating under fish spawning operations. This means that Lake Gaston can be raised an extra foot (199-201 feet) to provide storage in support of spawning flows as necessary. Dominion Energy has stated that they don’t expect to raise the water level much more than a couple inches over 200 feet.
Nevertheless, experience has taught us to be prepared. We know that once we get above 200 feet we begin to encroach on many of our docks. You are reminded to make sure that any items that are on your docks are securely tied down including canoes and paddle boats. Items sitting on the floor of boat house sheds should be moved up to prevent the possibility of water damage. Boats in docks should be securely tied and boats in lifts should be raised and tied.
For reference, in the past several years, the number of days the water level has exceeded 200 feet during the months of April, May and June are:
- 2005 - 12 days
- 2006 - 23 days
- 2007 - 17 days
- 2008 - 27 days
- 2010 - 65 days
- 2011 - 76 days
- 2013 - 84 days
The greatest depth reported during this time was 200.6 feet. In summer months, Dominion tries to maintain levels below 200 feet on weekends.
To see the daily projected lake levels during spawning season click here.