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General Information about High Rock Lake


High Rock Lake is one of the largest lakes in North Carolina second only to Lake Norman. The lake is approximately 15,000 acres and 365 miles of shoreline. High Rock is a eutrophic lake with lots of nutrients being delivered from the Yadkin River and other tributaries. These nutrients support an array of flora and fauna. Fish are abundant and many types plants love the water also. This is probably one of the best lakes for fishing anywhere in the area. Abundant species include: flathead catfish, channel catfish, black and white crappie, largemouth bass, striped bass, hybrid bass, white bass, carp, shad, and a few others.



Besides fishing the High Rock Lake is great for water sports. Early summer mornings you can see a few knee and wake boarders skimming across the glass-like water. Jet skis are permitted and abundant. Likewise there are a lot of water skiers jumping their boats wake. Sailing is also common but most of the sailors are on the main body of the lake. Skip Jack Harbor is home to many yachts and sailboats. With a maximum water depth around 50 feet near the dam, a really deep hulled boat would not have much room to play.


Water levels vary throughout the year as the dam is hydroelectric and controls the draw of the lake. During times of a water shortage the lake can drop significantly, however this is rare. Most commonly the lake experiences a slight draw down in the winter months, which allows pier repairs to be done. During the summer months water levels are pretty consistent, depending on the weather.  

Overall, High Rock is a wonderful lake for all types of users. It is one of the last remaining affordable lakes in the area. Many old fishing shacks can still be bought and turned into great vacation or permanent homes. ALCOA (Aluminum Company of America) monitors the lake and controls the pier permits and public access areas. Currently boat houses, boat ramps, and bulkheads are no longer permitted to be installed but existing ones are grandfathered in. For more details or specific questions please feel free to contact us.


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