Gaston: Geography and Townships
Lake Gaston is located along the
east coast between two major interstates... I-95 on the east, and I-85 on the
west, with the central part of the lake approximately 30 minutes from the
interstate exits. The North Carolina / Virginia state line runs through
the northern part of the lake.
Lake Gaston's primary water source is the
Roanoke River, and the lake's shoreline runs approximately 350 miles
touching three NC counties, and two Virginia counties. The
main body of the lake is approximately 1.3 miles across at its widest point and
approximately 35 miles long, with an approximate average depth of 40 feet.
Lake Gaston has more than 20,000 surface acres that include the "main" lake
(runs west to east) and
its 20 "creeks" that run north & south off the main lake. These creeks,
called coves, are all quite large, feed directly into the main body and are
directly accessible by boat. Some require boating under a bridge to get
to/from the main body, and the bridge culverts accommodate most boats (ski,
pontoon, fishing), but may require lowering the top.
Locations around the lake are often referred to
as being in a particular Quadrant (NW, SW,
NE, SE). The Eaton Ferry Bridge (over a mile long) is centrally
located and it runs north/south over the main lake about mid
way. Interstate 85 also runs north/south over the main lake, but at the
far west end. That end of the lake tends to be shallower overall, and is
well suited for the fishermen, nature lover and those who like a quieter
From the centrally located Eaton Ferry Bridge, it will take
approximately 30 minutes to reach I-85 or I-95 by car at any of the four quads. Located on the
VA/NC border between I-85 on the West, and I-95 on the East, Lake Gaston is
approximately 1.5 hours south of Richmond, VA and north of Raleigh, NC. [Click Here for
The counties (county seat) in
North Carolina are:
Halifax (Halifax), Northampton
(Jackson) and Warren
The counties (county
seat) in Virginia are: Brunswick (Lawrenceville)
and Mecklenburg (Boydton).
The townships (zip codes) in the Lake Gaston
area (post offices, convenience stores, groceries, building supplies, physicians, etc.) are:
NORTH CAROLINA - Halifax (27839), Henrico
(27842), Littleton (27850), Macon (27551), Vaughan (27586), Warrenton
(27589) VIRGINIA - Bracey (23919), Ebony
(28345), Gasburg (23857)
Larger towns (zip codes) within 15-40 minutes
of Lake Gaston (hospitals, pharmacies, Wal-Mart, Lowes, shopping, etc.)
To the North - VA: South Hill (23970) , Emporia (23847)
To the South - NC: Henderson (27536), Roanoke Rapids (27870)
Major cities (Raleigh, Durham, Richmond, Petersburg) are
within 1-2 hours of Lake Gaston.
Lake Gaston's water level is about 199' above sea level,
and typically fluctuates 1/2 foot up or down. The dam is 204'
above sea level.
The land that surrounding the Lake in both
states is both elevated and flat, and when looking at individual properties, each piece of land and home
is unique, especially when you consider the mix of waterfront, topography,
view, water depth off shoreline for boating & swimming, etc.