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Lake-Gaston is a reservoir located on the border of Virginia and North Carolina. The lake is in Halifax, Northampton and Warren Counties in North Carolina and Brunswick and Mecklenburg Counties in Virginia. It's near the city of Roanoke Rapids, NC and Clarksville and South Hill, VA. Lake Gaston is approximately 35 miles long and over 20,000 acres with 350 miles of shoreline. The lake was formed from impounding the Roanoke River in 1963 as a result of building the Gaston Dam to generate electricity. The dam is located on the North Carolina side of the lake. Lake Gaston is a popular place for fishing, boating, jet-skiing and camping. More than 150,000 residents live around the lake. It became a popular retirement destination for seniors from all around the country since the 1970s due to its' rural feel and natural beauty, yet close proximity to bigger cities. The lake is also popular as a recreational lake because of its' location to the Research Triangle region of North Carolina and its proximity to I-85 and I-95. There are few waterfront lots remaining on best parts of the lake, and many buyers are purchasing smaller homes and demolishing them to make way for much larger vacation homes. Waterfront lots now are sold at a high premium, most well over $300,000.

Surrounding areas: Kerr Lake, Virginia (9.6 mi), Clarksville, Virginia (22.9 mi)

Lake Gaston Vacation Rentals

Lake Gaston Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Days InnHC 1 Box 40 2850 Hwy 903Bracey, VA2.2 mi.(434) 689-2000
Hampton Inn200 Thompson RdSouth Hill, VA10.1 mi.(434) 447-4600
Holiday Inn Express101 Thompson StLacrosse, VA10.2 mi.(434) 955-2777
Comfort Inn918 E Atlantic StSouth Hill, VA10.3 mi.(434) 447-2600
Days Inn South Hill911 E Atlantic StSouth Hill, VA10.3 mi.(434) 447-3123
Super 8250 Thompson StSouth Hill, VA10.6 mi.(434) 447-2313
Econo Lodge623 E Atlantic AveSouth Hill, VA10.7 mi.(434) 447-7116
Comfort Inn112 Parham RdHenderson, NC20.2 mi.(252) 438-8511
Americas Best Value Inn200 Parham RdHenderson, NC20.3 mi.(252) 492-7001
Garnett Inn1727 N Garnett StHenderson, NC20.5 mi.(252) 492-2013
Cardinal Motel800 Cardinal DrHenderson, NC21.2 mi.(252) 492-1148
Hampton Inn Of Henderson385 Ruin CRK RdHenderson, NC21.5 mi.(252) 492-3007
Holiday Inn Express200 Simmons StHenderson, NC21.5 mi.(250) 438-6300
Holiday InnI-85 & Parham RdHenderson, NC21.5 mi.(252) 492-1126
Sleep Inn Henderson18 Market StHenderson, NC21.5 mi.(252) 433-9449
Quality Inn On The Lake103 Second StClarksville, VA22.5 mi.(434) 374-5023
Jameson Inn - Henderson400 North Cooper DrHenderson, NC22.8 mi.(252) 430-0247
Jameson Inn - Roanoak Rapids101 Old Farm Rd S RoanoakRoanoak Rapids, NC28.1 mi.(252) 533-0022
Comfort Inn1911 Weldon RdRoanoke Rapids, NC28.8 mi.(252) 537-5252
Comfort Suites74 Premier BlvdRoanoke Rapids, NC28.8 mi.(252) 535-3300
Hampton Inn1914 Weldon RdRoanoke Rapids, NC28.8 mi.(252) 537-7555
Sleep Inn101 Sleep Inn DrRoanoke Rapids, NC28.8 mi.(252) 537-3141
Nottoway Motel & RestaurantRR 1 Box 111Warfield, VA28.9 mi.(804) 478-4421

Lake Gaston Weather & Climate

The North Central region of the state has a moderate climate; four seasons without the extremes seen in other parts of the country. Latitude accounts for some climatic variations, as do soils, plant cover and inland bodies of water. The central region, in winter, is protected by the western mountain ranges, so temps are usually 10-20 degrees warmer than in the mountains. In summer, when the air is dry enough to keep cloudiness at a minimum for several days, temperatures may reach 100 in the interior at elevations below 1,500 feet. Usually, however, clouds limit the sun's heating capacity and an entire summer sometimes passes without a high of even 90 degrees. North Carolina is outside the usual tornado path in the United States, but tropical hurricanes do come close enough to influence the weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 27°F 3.87 in. -
February 51°F 29°F 3.00 in. -
March 60°F 36°F 4.26 in. -
April 70°F 44°F 3.26 in. -
May 77°F 53°F 3.98 in. -
June 85°F 62°F 3.54 in. -
July 89°F 67°F 4.63 in. -
August 87°F 66°F 4.01 in. -
September 81°F 59°F 3.76 in. -
October 71°F 46°F 3.67 in. -
November 61°F 37°F 3.10 in. -
December 52°F 30°F 3.00 in. -

Lake Gaston Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Person County airport (TDF) located about 50 miles west of Lake Gaston in Roxboro, North Carolina, the Rocky Mount Wilson Regional airport (RWI) located approximately 51 miles south of Lake Gaston in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, the Raleigh Durham International airport (RDU) located roughly 59 miles southwest of Lake Gaston in Raleigh - Durham, North Carolina, the Danville Regional airport (DAN) located around 65 miles west of Lake Gaston in Danville, Virginia, the Chesterfield County airport (FCI) located about 67 miles northeast of Lake Gaston in Richmond, Virginia, and finally the Johnston County airport (JNX) located approximately 72 miles south of Lake Gaston in Smithfield, North Carolina.

Lake Gaston Attractions

Water Parks
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA93.5 mi.
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC97.4 mi.
Golf Courses
River Ridge Golf ClubBraceyVA1.6 mi.
Tanglewood Shores Golf & Country ClubBraceyVA1.6 mi.
Lake Gaston Country ClubMaconNC10.5 mi.
Lake Gaston Golf ClubGasburgVA14.7 mi.
Highland Lake Golf ClubFlat RockNC16.9 mi.
Pine Links Golf ClubFlat RockNC16.9 mi.
Kerr Lake Country ClubHendersonNC17.1 mi.
Kinderton Country ClubClarksvilleVA22.1 mi.
Ski Areas
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA99.7 mi.
State Parks
Occoneechee State ParkVA20.6 mi. 
Medoc Mountain State ParkNC27.2 mi. 
Staunton River State ParkVA29.2 mi. 
North Carolina Museum of Life and ScienceDurhamNC57.5 mi.(Science)
Duke University Museum of ArtDurhamNC57.5 mi.(Art)
Old West Durham OnlineDurhamNC57.5 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Virginia Zoological ParkNorfolkVA105.3 mi.
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA110.0 mi.
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC110.1 mi.

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