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History of Badin Lake

History of Badin Lake

 

Badin Lake is one of a series of lakes created by the daming of the Yadin-Pee Dee River in the Uwharrie Lakes Region of the United States was created in 1917 by the Aluminum Company of America.  It is contained by Narrows Dam at the town of Badin, North Carolina.  Sitting within a valley, the lake is very deep, with a maximum depth of 190 ft The lake occupies 5,350 acres and has 115 mi of shoreline. It's waters have an average summer temperature of 84.4 °F and an average winter temperature of 50.6 °F No bridges or ferries cross Badin Lake. The northern most point of Morrow Mountain State Park is roughly 2 miles downstream from Narrows Dam. The lake lies within Stanley, Montgomery and Davidson counties.

 Summer Fun at Badin Lake !

Much of the Lake's eastern shoreline lies within 
the Uwharrie National Forest.  

 

Residential Restrictions :

Much of High Rock Lake is lined with privately owned homes, representing all income levels. Prior to 2008, Alcoa had required that all new homes have 8 foot of water when at full pond and have 200 foot of lake frontage before a private pier permit is issued. Boat ramps and boathouses are no longer allowed to be built, although existing structures that are maintained are grandfathered.Retaining walls at the high water mark  are only allowed in extreme cases, although existing structures can be maintained. Due to the frequent fluctuations in water level, all private piers are required to be of a floating style, allowing them to be usable even with lowered water levels. The new 50 year government contract that is expected to be signed in 2008 would allow greater flexibility to add roof structures over many existing piers and modifying pier sizes, as well as a few other changes that offer somewhat more flexibility to existing lake front home owners. The purpose of the restrictions are to improve water quality and habitat.

Access :

There are several public ramps that can be accessed at no charge, and private ramps that can be accessed for a small fee. The lake has no restrictions on boat motor size and personal watercraft are legal for use. Unlike many municipal lakes, there are no restrictions to access or use and it is available for use 24 hours a day. There are a number of campgrounds that adjoin the lake, some offering year round space rentals that also provide access to guests. 
Hydroelectric power :

Badin Lake  is one of four Yadkin Project dams that produce hydrolelectric power for the surrounding communities. The entire Yadkin Project has a total generating capacity of nearly 215 megawatts of electricity when operating at peak capacity. While hydroelectric electricity is clean and renewable, recent droughts and environmental consequences have demonstrated why it is important to balance the need for inexpensive, clean power with the needs of the environment and local communities.  

 

Uwharrie National Forest

The western border of the forest is made by the Yadkin River and Great Pee Dee River while the northern border follows the northernmost range of the Uwharries near Asheboro  To the east, the forest is bordered by the Montgomery County seat of Troy.

 Uwharrie National Forest :

A federally-designated national forest region located primarily in Montgomery County  , but also extending into Randolph and Davidson counties in South Central North Carolina It is the smallest of the four National Forests in North Carolina, with a total area of 50,369 acres. About 79% of its acreage is in Montgomery County. The forest is managed together with the other three North Carolina National Forests Croatan, Nantahala, and Pisgah from common headquarters in Asheville, North Carolina. However, it does have a local ranger district office in Troy, North Carolina. The forest derives its name from the Uwharrie Mountains  the ancient mountains atop which most of the forest occupies.

 

The forest is bisected by several state and interstate highways. Both Interstate 73 and 74 run along the eastern boundary of the forest on the Moore County line from north to south. NC 73 runs from west to east from the Yadkin River toMount Gilead. US Highway 220 runs parallel to I-73/74. NC 109 runs from north to south from the Davidson County line to its end in Troy. NC 24/27 both run from the Yadkin River in the west to Moore County in the east.

The first substantial gold strike in the United States was discovered near this area in 1799, and gold was found in the Uwharrie Mountains in the 1800s. A mini Golf rush occurred during the Great Depression. Panning for gold in the forest's streams and rivers remains a popular activity. Boating and fishing are available at Badin Lake, while the 20-mile Uwharrie National Recreation Trail runs through the forest. Other trails and paths provide opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, camping, and horseback riding. Off-road vehicles have their own trail system, which is open seasonally.

 

 

Map of Badin Lake

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