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Our State Geography in a Snap: bodies of water

by Emily Horton
NC Government & Heritage Library, 2012.

See also: Rivers; Lakes; Sounds




The Atlantic Ocean forms the border of eastern North Carolina.


Albemarle Sound, Back Sound, Bogue Sound, Core Sound, Pamlico Sound

See Also: Sounds

Major rivers

Cape Fear River, Catawba River, French Broad River, Neuse River, New River, Roanoke River, Yadkin Pee-Dee River.


Major lakes

Lake Waccamaw (Columbus County), Lake Mattamuskeet (Hyde County), Lake Phelps (Washington, Tyrell County), Lake Gaston (Halifax, Northhampton, Warren County), Jordan Lake (Durham, Wake, Chatham Counties), Lake Norman (Catawba, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Lincoln Counties)

other lakes

Alligator Lake (Hyde County)
Badin Lake (Montgomery and Stanly Counties)
Blewett Falls Lake (Anson and Richmond Counties)
Falls Lake (Wake County)
Fontana Lake (Graham and Swain Counties)
Great Lake (Craven County)
High Rock Lake (Transylvania County)
Jones Lake (Bladen County)
Kerr Lake (Vance, Granville, and Warren Counties)
Lake Adger (Polk County)
Lake Ashnoca (Buncombe County)
Lake Bay (Moore County)
Lake Benson (Wake County)
Lake Brandt (Guilford County)
Lake Burlington (Alamance County)
Lake Charles (Buncombe County)
Lake Cheoah (Graham and Swain Counties)
Lake Comfort (Buncombe County)
Lake Craig (Buncombe County)
Lake Creek (Bladen County)
Lake Devin (Granville County)
Lake Drain (Bladen County)
Lake Eden (Buncombe County)
Lake Emory (Macon County)
Lake Fisher (Cabarrus County)
Lake Franklin (Anson County)
Lake Gresham (Wake County)
Lake Hickory (Alexander, Catawba Counties)
Lake Hunt (Rockingham County)
Lake James (Burke and McDowell counties)
Lake Johnson (Wake County)
Lake Junaluska (Haywood County)
Lake Kawana (Avery County)
Lake Kelly (Henderson County)
Lake Kenilworth (Buncombe County)
Lake Lanier (Polk County)
Lake Logan (Haywood County)
Lake Louise (Alleghany County)
Lake Louise (Buncombe County)
Lake Lure (Rutherford County)
Lake Michael (Orange County)
Lake Michie (mick-e) (Durham County)
Lake Mirl (Wake County)
Lake Monroe (Union County)
Lake Palcoy (Haywood County)
Lake Raleigh ( Wake County)
Lake Reidsville (Rockingham County)
Lake Rogers (Creedmore Lake) (Granville County)
Lake Sapphire (Transylvania County)
Lake Sequoyah (Macon County)
Lake Pocasin (Craven, Carteret, Jones Counties)
Lake Summit (Henderson County)
Lake Susan (Buncombe County)
Lake Tabor (Columbus County)
Lake Tahoma (McDowell County)
Lake Thorpe (Jackson County)
Lake Tillery (Montgomery and Stanly Counties)
Lake Trojan (Wake County)
Lake Wheeler (Wake County)
Lake William (Cumberland County)
Lake Wood (Cumberland County)
Lake Wylie (Gaston, Mecklenburg Counties)
Nantahala Lake (Clay and Macon Counties)
Pungo Lake (Washington and Hyde Counties)
Roanoke Rapids Lake (Halifax County)
Salters Lake (Bladen County)
Santeetlah Lake (Graham County)
Santeetlah Lake (Graham County)
Singletery Lake  (Bladen County)
Tuckertown Lake (Davidson, Montgomery, Rowan, and Stanly Counties)
University Lake (Orange County)
White Lake (Bladen County)


"Geography of North Carolina," North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, (accessed March 26, 2012).

"Lakes in North Carolina," North Carolina Tourism website, (accessed April 3, 2012).

"North Carolina: Facts, Map, and State Symbol," Enchanted Learning, last modified 2010, (accessed March 26, 2012).

"North Carolina Geography and Climate," Secretary of State/Kids Page," (accessed March 26, 2012).

The North Carolina Gazetteer by William S. Powell (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1968)

Map Credit:

"North Carolina Lake Map, River Map, and Water Resources." Map courtesy of Geology.Com, (accessed March 27, 2012).

Origin - location: 



Hi, Taiylor.

Thank you for your question. Could you tell us a little more specifically what sort of information you'd like to learn about Duplin County bodies of water?

Thank you.

Mike Millner, Government & Heritage Library


this website was not very helpful for what i was looking for


Good morning,

I'm sorry to hear this wasn't helpful. We would be happy to try to help. Please let us know what information you're trying to find.

Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Libary


Where may I receive a wall size map of your state for my history class.


Dear Waymond,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and taking a minute to ask your question.

The North Carolina Office of Archives and History North Carolina Historical Publications Shop has a number of printed North Carolina maps from various eras of the state’s history.  Here is the link to their page:  You may also want to contact them to see if they have any other recommendations for a map that would be useful for your classroom, depending upon the age group -- you'll find their contact information on their Customer Service Page

I hope this information helps. 

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library


Do you mean various areas because you put eras?


"Eras" is correct.

Thank you.

Mike Millner, Government & Heritage Library

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