Mountain Island Lake


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96.56 FEET
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Harlow is winner of District 2 Democratic primary, but recount is Friday

Charlotte Observer

Date: 9/18/2017 1:54:00 PM

The winner will face Republican Pete Givens in the November general election. District 2 covers much of northeast Charlotte, starting in uptown and running to Mountain Island Lake and Northlake Mall

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5 Fun Things To Do This Weekend In Huntersville: Sept. 15-17


Date: 9/14/2017 2:13:00 PM

You can read more about Huntersville weekend weather forecast here. Sunset Kayaking on Mountain Island Lake: Explore coves on Mountain Island Lake in a two hour float at Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Rd., Huntersville. Friday, Sept

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Happening nearby south Charlotte: Sept. 13-19, 2017

Charlotte Observer

Date: 9/11/2017 10:16:00 PM

704-825-4490. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 29. Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake: Join a naturalist for a relaxing paddle on Mountain Island Lake, taking in the natural beauty while discovering the importance of

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Looking for family fun?

Charlotte Observer

Date: 9/8/2017 5:25:00 PM

Farther into the preserve are trails (both foot and equestrian) that border Mountain Island Lake, complete with grills and picnic areas. Stop by the Nature Preserve, an indoor museum with nature activities for children, or the Carolina Raptor Center

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Top 10: Wild Atlantic Way drives

Irish Independent

Date: 9/4/2017 4:33:00 PM

Swing round the west side of the peninsula to the Blaney bridge spanning Mulroy Bay and, on a clear day, a vast panorama of mountain, island, lake, rock, moor, and bog opens ahead of you. Distance: 25km from Rathmullan to Blaney bridge. Allow 2 hours

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• River: Catawba River
• Length: 61 Miles
• Surface Area: 3,281 Acres

The lake also supports Riverbend Steam Station by cooling the steam that drives the turbines and provides a dependable water supply for Mount Holly, Gastonia and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina.

Mountain Island Lake is a lake northwest of Charlotte, North Carolina 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, and the surrounding area is identified by the lake's name. The shape of the lake follows the meander of the Catawba river's course, dammed near the Mount Holly Wastewater Plant. Full pond elevation is approximately 647.5 feet. The lake has around 3,281 acres of surface area and 61 miles of shoreline.
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 over 800,000 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.
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources is planning a consent order for Duke Energy plants on the lake which have left local groundwater contaminated with high levels of heavy metals such as arsenic and cobalt. The discharge has come from a lack of lining in older coal ash ponds containing namesake waste which threatens the water quality of Mountain Island Lake's ecosystem and has as of August 2013 warranted over $99,000 worth of fines.
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