Mountain Island Lake

NORTH CAROLINA


Lake Level
97.79 FEET
1/21/2019
Full Pool: 647.5
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Truliant announces Financial Education Grant winners

CUInsight

Date: 1/14/2019 6:59:00 AM

Mountain Island Lake Academy, Charlotte, N.C., $4,643: To support the Millionaire Club, an organization that prepares students to be financially responsible adults by offering financial education and

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Want a boat dock on Lake Lanier? Live at Bay Pointe!

Patsy Mercer

Date: 1/8/2019

Before buying a lot or building a new home on Lake Lanier, first find out if the land comes with a boat dock. Because if it doesn’t, your chances of securing a new dock permit are slim to none. Lake Lanier already is at its maximum number of boat docks at a little over 10,600. Before that limit could be

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Flights delayed due to wet weather across the South

WJZY

Date: 12/28/2018 9:14:00 PM

Residents in Catawba County were encouraged to evacuate late Friday evening as heavy rain caused water levels to rise, and Duke Energy is also advising those living near Lake Norman and Mountain Islan

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Heavy rain, flood threat expected in Charlotte Friday

WCNC

Date: 12/27/2018 9:13:00 AM

One of the lakes teetering on the edge of flooding is Mountain Island Lake in Gaston County, where the water level is already one inch above the 101-inch max. Lake Norman is two inches away from its m

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Cambridge in Charlotte: British education comes to suburbs

WRAL

Date: 12/26/2018 3:45:00 AM

About six years ago, parents at Mountain Island Lake Elementary were worried about the flow of families leaving the district for charter schools, say Kelso and Matt Hayes, the assistant superintendent

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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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