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Lake Gaston Travel Tips

Getting to Lake Gaston Vacation Rentals

This beautiful stretch of water straddles the two states of North Carolina and Virginia. Covering an area of more than 20,000 acres, the shoreline is 350 miles long and home to some 150,000 residents. In North Carolina, Lake Gaston is part of the Warren, Northampton and Halifax counties. In Virginia, it includes Brunswick and Mecklenburg Counties. It is a man-made lake which was constructed in 1963 by the Virginia Electric Power Company by damming the Roanoke River. Lake Gaston is the largest of three hydro electric dams located in one area. Upstream is the Kerr Lake and downstream is Roanoke Rapids Lake. The area's natural beauty is what attracts many visitors to Lake Gaston and since the 1970s, the region has been a popular retirement destination.

Watersports and Attractions Near Lake Gaston Vacation Rentals

Lake Gaston is popular for its sport fishing and the lake is well stocked with game fish such as walleye, crappie, yellow perch, sunfish, catfish, large mouthed bass, striped bass or rockfish. When stocking up with bait from one of the local suppliers, you should be able to find out where the fish are biting near where you are staying. Fishing licenses are required for anyone over the age of 15 years old. There are several fishing competitions held throughout the year and you can find out when these are happening by contacting the local information center.

There are several public marinas and boat ramps dotted around the lakeshore where you can launch your boat. The nice thing is that many have a gas station, restaurants and supply stores nearby. If you want to visit some of the other communities around the lake shore, you know that you will be able to refuel and get a bite to eat. That saves you having to pack in extra supplies before heading out. Waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing and jet skiing are popular activities on the lake. Because the lake is so large, you seldom feel crowded and can simply enjoy the large expanse of water. There are marked buoys which make navigation easier and ensure safe boating for all. Many of the lakeside rental homes have private moorings which are a plus if you have your own boat.

If you want to explore some of the lake shore communities, you won't be disappointed. There are great restaurants and theatres that provide excellent dining and entertainment options. In the summertime, there are often several venues that have live entertainment. Shopping is a great experience and you can pick up some fantastic bargains from the many small shops and craft stalls. Horseback riding, bowling and skating are other popular pastimes with the locals. You can enjoy hiking along the lake shore and find you own private picnic spot.

Relaxing at Lake Gaston Vacation Houses

Vacation homes at Lake Gaston offer easy access to the region's amenities and attractions. Many are located along the lakeshore in the small communities which means it gives you the best of both worlds. You get scenic beauty and easy access to the lake and the many available watersports. You also have the convenience of restaurants and shops nearby so you can stock up on supplies or have an evening out. Most rental homes are designed to accommodate between six and 12 people. This is great if you plan to have a vacation with a several families together as it makes it a very affordable vacation option.

Enjoy a Family Vacation at Lake Gaston Condos

Because of the wide variety of watersports and other activities available, Lake Gaston is a popular destination for families. No need to think of things to entertain the kids with; simply take them out on the water and you can be sure to enjoy endless hours of watersport fun together. Fishing enthusiasts are regular visitors to Lake Gaston and during tournaments, the lakeside communities become a hive of activity.

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