Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Lake

Piers are available

Areas developed in accordance with Dominion Energy North Carolina's FERC Hydropower license offer a wide variety of recreational resources on or near Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Lake.

Recreational day use areas offer a wide variety of amenities, including piers/boat docks, trails, swimming and fishing areas, playgrounds, historical features, and bathrooms.

Boating and Water Safety

The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries operate and maintain three boat landings on Roanoke Rapids Lake, seven boat landings on Lake Gaston, and one boat landing on the Roanoke River just east of the Roanoke Rapids dam tailrace.


The reach of the Roanoke River from the NC Route 48 bridge to the Weldon boat ramp (approximately 5 river miles) offers excellent opportunities for paddlers of various skill levels - depending on water levels.

Dominion Energy provides controlled recreational releases (advanced and short-term) from the Roanoke Rapids dam on weekends between June 16 and October 31 to enhance whitewater conditions between the dam and the NC Wildlife Resources boat ramp in Weldon, NC. View our Roanoke River Recreational Information for details and information useful to paddlers.


Dominion Energy, as part of its long-term environmental and public service commitment provided to area residents and those who use the lake and river for recreation, provides water level, flow, and quality information. This real-time data includes water temperature and dissolved oxygen content, which can affect aquatic life downstream of the station dam, as well as projected water flow from the Roanoke Rapids dam, projected water flow from the Gaston Dam, and lake level information for Lake Gaston.

The Roanoke Rapids and Gaston Lakes are valuable resources for the scenic beauty, recreational resources, and the local economy. How we treat the lakes is important to maintaining that value.

Creel Surveys

Creel data are useful in assessing patterns in angler use, to evaluating harvest regulations, and for addressing species-specific concerns.

Fishing Regulations