Barney Watson

Barney Watson Lake Gaston RE/MAX real estate agent
RE/MAX on the Lake
1945 NC Hwy 4 Littleton NC 27850


Location - Mileage

Located between the NC and VA border between I-85 and I-95. It is bounded by the Kerr Dam and Gaston Dam and borders the counties of Warren, Halifax and Northampton in North Carolina as well as Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties in VA.

As determined by a N.C. Department of Transportation study, mileage to the Lake Gaston area from specific points has been established as follows:

  •  Interstate 85 to Interstate 95 crossing EFB (Eaton Ferry Bridge), 44.3 miles 
  •  Intersection of U.S. 158 and N.C. 903 to the Virginia-North Carolina state boundary line, 20.65 miles 
  •  I-95 to Lake Gaston (EFB by way of U.S. 158, N.C. 903, etc.) 25.2 miles Interstate 95 to Lake Gaston (EFB by way  of N.C. 46,   N.C. 48, etc.)   29.2  miles 
  •  I-85 to Lake Gaston (EFB by way of U.S. 158, etc.) 27.4 miles

Size and Water Depth

  • This beautiful lake covers approximately 20,000 acres and has 350 miles of shoreline.  It is about 35 miles long.
  • Water levels are strictly regulated through a license with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The license also requires cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manage the upstream feeder lake, Lake Kerr.
  • Normal: 199–200 feet (60.7–61.0 m) of elevation
  • Fish Spawning: 199–201 feet (60.7–61.3 m) of elevation
  • Flood Control: up to 203 feet (61.9 m) of elevation (204 feet [62.2 m] possible in a 100-year flood event)
  • Drought: No lower than 197 feet (60.0 m) feet of elevation
  • Lake Gaston has a constant water level, which fluctuates only a foot or so on average! 

Helpful Contact Information

  1. For questions related to Shoreline Management such as docks, riprap or the mileage buoys, please continue to call Will Miller, the Reservoir Program Manager, at 252-535-6894
  2. For issues related to boating safety and regulations: In North Carolina, WRC enforcement officers are the point of contact. If there is an urgent concern about safety or violations, please call the enforcement hotline at 800-662-7137 and the dispatch center will contact the nearest officer on duty. General complaints should probably be directed to Col. Jon Evans at 919-707-0036.
  3. In Virginia, VA Conservation Police Officers (CPO's) enforce boating safety laws. Violations in progress should be reported to the Wildlife Crime Line at 1-800-237-5712 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  4. General complaints can be directed to the main line at 804-367-1000 or .
  5. For questions related to Lake Gaston water levels go to Water Level Questions

 Perfect for Boating!  Boating Rules & Regulations Are A Must For Safety


  • Largemouth bass, striped bass, stripers, walleyes, catfish, blue catfish, chain pickerel and bluegill.


  • Lake Gaston is a hydroelectric reservoir.  The lake is not federally owned. It was formed when the Virginia Electric Power Company built Gaston Dam on the Roanoke River to generate electricity for Dominion Resources, they own the lake. The dam is located on the North Carolina side. It generates electricity for Dominion North Carolina Power, which is the North Carolina operating company of Dominion Resources. The dam includes four hydroelectric generators.

 Lake Gaston and Kerr Lake - Differences Between the Two Lakes?

 Lake Gaston Real Estate

  • Thinking of Buying a Lake Gaston property? Barney's website will give you all of the information you need.  Great video on the home page about Lake Gaston and also a video about the Lake Gaston real estate market.



Littleton NC

Littleton NC real estate provides an ideal opportunity to enjoy all that North Carolina has to offer without sacrificing a low-key approach to life. As one of the cities in the popular Halifax County, Littleton has much of the same great personality that the rest of North Carolina enjoys, including a focus on the great outdoors and an active lifestyle that takes advantage of the nearby lakes and lush greenery. However, because Littleton is smaller in size and somewhat removed from the neighboring city centers, it provides a more family-oriented and community feel.

Lake Gaston vs Kerr Lake

Both lakes are part of the Roanoke River chain of lake flooded to generate electricity and control flooding downstream. Kerr Reservoir or Buggs Island Lake as the local refer to it was flooded in 1951 and is 50,000 surface acres of water. Lake Gaston was flooded in 1963 and consists of 20,300 surface acres. Buggs Island Lake is owned by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers while Lake Gaston is owned by Dominion Resources (VEPCO/NC Power).

Lake Gaston - Bracey VA

Located in southern Mecklenburg County in Virginia, Bracey is one of the favored spots for vacationers and residents seeking a home away from the bustle of city life. It is conveniently situated in the heart of Virginia's rolling countryside and lake region, which makes Bracey VA homes popular with families, retirees, and professionals who want to get the most out of their place of residence or vacation home.

Lake Gaston - Roanoke Rapids NC

Roanoke Rapids is located on Interstate 95 with direct access to the entire Eastern Seaboard and within a day's drive to the New York or Florida markets and within two hours drive to Raleigh, NC, Richmond, VA & Tidewater, VA. The Roanoke Valley encompasses an area of approximately 30 miles. There are over 4,000 businesses and 145,000 residents within this trade area. The area has an aggressive economic development environment with incentives and pro-growth strategies.