Recreation Resources - Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Lake

Areas developed in accordance with Dominion Energy North Carolina's FERC Hydropower license offer a wide variety of recreational resources on or near Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Lake.

Recreational day use areas offer a wide variety of amenities, including trails, swimming and fishing areas, playgrounds, historical features, boat docks and bathrooms.


The reach of the Roanoke River from the NC Route 48 bridge to the Weldon boat ramp (approximately 5 river miles) offers excellent opportunities for paddlers of various skill levels - depending on water levels.

Dominion Energy provides controlled releases from the Roanoke Rapids dam on weekends between June 16 and October 31 to enhance whitewater conditions between the dam and the NC Wildlife Resources boat ramp in Weldon, NC. View our Roanoke River Recreational Information for details and information useful to paddlers.

Boat Landings

The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries operate and maintain three boat landings on Roanoke Rapids Lake, six boat landings on Lake Gaston, and one boat landing on the Roanoke River just east of the Roanoke Rapids dam tailrace. View details on each of these landings.


Also, as part of its long-term environmental and public service commitment, Dominion Energy provides water level, flow and quality information. The real-time data includes water temperature and dissolved oxygen content, projected water flow from the Roanoke Rapids dam, and lake level information for Lake Gaston.

Water temperature and dissolved oxygen levels can affect aquatic life downstream of the station dam. Projected water flow released from the dam and projected lake levels are provided as a service to area residents and those who use the lake and river for recreation.

Additional Resources

Fishing Regulations

Boating and Water Safety

Trash and Litter Control

The Roanoke Rapids and Gaston Lakes are valuable resources for the scenic beauty, recreational resources and the local economy.  How we treat the lakes is important to maintaining that value.

Creel Surveys

Creel data are useful in assessing patterns in angler use, to evaluating harvest regulations, and for addressing species-specific concerns.

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