Lake Gaston, North Carolina

Lake Gaston, NCSurrounded by medium-sized towns like Roanoke Rapids, Emporia, South Hill and Henderson, Lake Gaston has many reasons to call the lake “home.” Conveniently located at the border of the North Carolina-Virginia state line, Lake Gaston is just 15 minutes from Interstate 95 from the east and Interstate 85 from the west, making easy access from Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, Washington, D.C., and other points both north and south.

The lake flows more than 34 miles over the Lake Gaston Dam into the Roanoke Rapids Lake, and the main body of the Lake is just over 1 mile across at its widest point.


Carolina Crossroads Music and Entertainment District will feature musical theaters, water parks, an aquarium, hotels and restaurants.

Lake Gaston is privately owned by Dominion Resources and is an impoundment of more than 20,000 surface acres along the Roanoke River. This was created to generate hydroelectric power due to a growing economy demanding more energy at lower costs.

Lake Gaston operates under a license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The United States Coast Guard and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission monitor the waters.

The largest groundbreaking project to ever occur in the state of North Carolina was held recently for the new entertainment facility located in Roanoke Rapids. This is about 15 minutes from Lake Gaston at exit 171 of Interstate 95. The new facility will be named Carolina Crossroads Music and Entertainment District and will feature musical theaters, water parks, an aquarium, hotels and restaurants. One of the flagship attraction will be the Randy Parton Theatre, scheduled to open in spring of 2007.

This new facility alone will create 12,000 jobs for the local economy within the next 5 years and will benefit both tourists and locals alike.

Lake Gaston is populated by what some would call a “brain trust,” meaning a sum of retired CEOs, CFOs, doctors and military personnel. This group is very active in local associations and volunteers its time and ideas within the community on a regular basis.

Lake Gaston is, and has been, a destination for both retirement and vacation for decades. Some have property on the lake as a second home, while others permanently reside there. Either way, the lake gives many a reason to relocate, whether it’s for a weekend, a week or forever.