Mountain Island Lake

Mountain Island Lake


Mountain Island Lake

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Mountain Island Lake was created in 1924 to coincide with the building of Mountain Island Hydroelectric Station. It is named after the mountain which appears as an island in the lake. Full pond elevation is approximately . The lake has around of surface area and of shoreline.

River, Water, and Lake Access

Mountain Island Lake is fed by the Catawba River, and is the smallest of the three man-made lakes that border Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (Lake Norman, and Lake Wylie). Mountain Island Lake is managed by Charlotte-based company Duke Energy. The primary function of Mountain Island Lake is to provide drinking water for residents of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, as well as Mount Holly and Gastonia, Gaston County. The lake is also accessible to the public for boating and fishing use. There are two boating access areas on the lake and a tailrace fishing platform for bank fishing in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Power Generation

The lake generates hydro-electric power and supports Riverbend Steam Station by cooling the steam that drives the turbines.

Mountain Island Hydro Station

Mountain Island Hydro Station is a four-unit generating facility with a capacity of 60 megawatts located in Gaston County, North Carolina. It was built in 1923 to meet the growing demand for electricity by homeowners in the Carolinas. At the time, electricity was largely used by industrial customers.

Riverbend Steam Station

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