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North Carolina Lakes and Rivers Map

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This map shows major rivers, reservoirs, bays, sounds, and lakes of North Carolina. In general, the rivers of North Carolina flow into the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

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The largest lakes in North Carolina are Kerr Lake, Lake Mattamuskeet, and Lake Norman. But the 48,900-acre Kerr Lake extends out into the neighboring state of Virginia and is a major source of hydroelectricity.

North Carolina has several bays and sounds on its eastern coastline. For example, it includes Pamlico Sound, Albemarle Sound, and Onslow Bay. Some of the major rivers in North Carolina are the Catawba River, Tar River, Pee Dee River, and the Roanoke River.

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North Carolina lakes, rivers and reservoirs

Lakes and reservoirs

John H Kerr Reservoir
Lake Norman
Fontana Lake
High Rock Lake
B Everett Jordan Lake
Lake Gaston

Falls Lake
Lake Mattamuskeet
Phelps Lake
Hiwassee Lake
Lake Jocassee
Lake James

Rivers and streams

Catawba River
Tar River
Pee Dee River
Roanoke River
Neuse River
Yadkin River
French Broad River
Chowan River

Lumber River
Broad River
Rocky River
Deep River
Dan River
Haw River
South River
Black River

Bays, sounds and capes

Cape Fear
Pamlico Sound
Onslow Bay
Long Bay

Atlantic Ocean
Chesapeake Bay
Albemarle Sound
Dismal Swamp

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