Water depth at end of boat ramp
Southmont16.4 feet
Flat Swamp Creek13.7 feet
Dutch Second Creek12 feet
Tamarac Marina11.6 feet
Buddle Creek10.1 feet

Clearance from water surface to bottom of bridge
Swearing Creek @ Linwood-Smt Rd7.5 feet
Abbott's Cr. @ Holloway Church Rd7 feet
Abbott’s Creek @ NC Hwy 84.4 feet
Flat Swamp Creek @ RR Trestle4.2 feet
Click on any of the above locations to see in Google Maps.

Lake Issues

Shoreline Management Plan Rules Have Changed

On October 23, 2017 FERC approved certain modifications to the Yadkin Project Shoreline Management Plan (SMP). The modifications (1) increase flexibility in the design of private individual and shared piers; (2) allow private piers in subdivisions developed prior to May 1, 1987, with a 50-foot lot width; (3) reduce the minimum water depth at private piers and multi-use facilities from 8 feet to 6 feet; (4) permit boat lifts with supports resting on the reservoir bottom; (5) allow a sitting area within the 100-foot forested setback; (6) relax limitations on vegetation removal in the 100-foot forested setback to improve water views, among other things; and (7) remove voluntary guidelines for timbering operations because most of the measures are already contained in the forested setback requirement. Cube Yadkin will begin accepting requests and applications under the approved modifications on November 1, 2017. Click Here for More Info

About High Rock Lake

High Rock Lake is a reservoir lake on the Yadkin River, between Davidson and Rowan counties of North Carolina. High Rock Lake is one of four Yadkin Hydroelectric Project dams that produce hydroelectric power for the surrounding communities. The entire Yadkin Project has a total generating capacity of nearly 215 megawatts of electricity when operating at peak capacity. While hydroelectric electricity is clean and renewable, the impact of drought and/or low river flows have created environmental consequences on numerous occasions that have demonstrated why it is important to balance the need for inexpensive, clean power with the needs of the environment and the communities of the Yadkin/Pee Dee valley.

High Rock Lake is the second largest lake in North Carolina behind Lake Norman. Its water surface covers 15,180 acres (61 km2) and there are 365 miles (587 km) of shoreline. It begins at the confluence of the Yadkin River and the South Yadkin River. The lake's name is derived from neighboring "High Rock Mountain", the tallest mountain in the Uwharrie Mountains. High Rock Lake is now managed and operated by Cube Hydro Carolinas.

The lake is spanned by two bridges at the northern end of the lake: the I-85/US 52 bridge and the older US 29/US 70/NC 150 bridge. The NC 8 causeway crosses the Abbotts Creek tributary of the lake, as does a bridge at Holloway Church Road farther north of Abbotts Creek. Railroad tracks and their causeways also cross the southeastern portion of the lake at the Hwy 8 causeway and over Flat Swamp Creek. Numerous communities align the lake's banks including Lexington, Salisbury, Southmont, Linwood, High Rock, and Spencer.

High Rock Lake has been considered one of the best fishing lakes of North Carolina for a long time. It has been the host of Bassmaster Tournaments, including the Bassmaster Classic in 1994, 1995, and 1998 and is the site of frequent other angling competitions. The lake has ample channel, blue, and flathead catfish, plus crappie and several different sunfish such as bluegill, shellcracker and others. Striper and their hybrids as well as white bass are also abundant. The lake is best known for its quantity and quality of largemouth bass, which attract anglers from all over the United States. This is likely due to the relatively shallow nature of the lake and the tremendous amount of habitat that favor the bass.

Click Here for detailed information on all the game fish you'll find in High Rock Lake.

About HRLA, High Rock Association, Inc.

A Long History of Service to People Who Enjoy High Rock Lake

In 1954 a large group of property owners from all sections of High Rock Lake met on the west side of Abbotts Creek, opposite the Oakwood Pavilion. The late Gilbert File was named chairman of the committee to meet with directors of The Oakwood Acres Association for the purpose of forming an organization to represent all property owners around the lake, as well as the general public who used the lake for recreation.

Thus was formed High Rock Lake Association Inc. (HRLA) It is still, until this day, actively representing the property owners and users of the lake. Its main source of income is from membership dues and contributions. The Board of Directors and Officers are volunteers from all walks of life, who serve without pay. They all share a love of the lake.

The High Rock Lake Association has become nationally recognized as a strong organization, and as an aggressive watchdog of the lake for its members.

Stewards of our Lake - Notable Accomplishments

Our Contact Information and Meeting Schedule

Our mailing address is: High Rock Lake Association, Inc
Post Office Box 159
Southmont, North Carolina 27351
Our Email address is:hrla@hrla.com
The HRLA Annual Membership Meeting will be held Tuesday evening, October 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Location is Yarborough’s Restaraunt, Marco Dr., Lexington. Please note that it is a Members Only event.

Our Board Meetings are usually held the first Tuesday of each month at Yarbrough’s Restaurant at 7:00 PM.
* Members should email the President at hrla@hrla.com for confirmation of meeting date.

Yarborough’s Restaurant is located on Business I-85 at the Green Needles road exit #85.

Yarborough’s Restaurant
3210 Marco Blvd
Lexington, NC 27292
Phone: 336-956-7781

High Rock Lake Association Officers 2017

Larry JonesPresident
Lee SnowVice President
Kelly GallimoreSecretary
Henry "Penny" BookeTreasurer

High Rock Lake Association Directors 2017

The High Rock Lake Association is managed by a very active Board of Directors, consisting of representatives elected by the membership.

These individuals bring many different perspectives to our organization, and represent many areas around High Rock Lake.

DirectorLocation on High Rock Lake
Ann Marie ClarkWatership Downs, Swearing Creek
Barry ChildersPebble Point on Crane Creek
Eddie GallimoreUpper Headwaters, Davidson County
Henry “Penny” BookeOakwood Acres
Jim BranchWatership Downs, Main Channel
Curtis LeonardWaterford Pointe
Kelly GallimoreUpper Headwaters, Davidson County
Warren GodwinWaterford Pointe
Len StrongWatership Downs, Swearing Creek
Lee SnowCrane Cove
Carroll Tysinger
Karen Tysinger
Mel WoffordRiverview Acres on Crow Creek
Victor PoplinAnchor Downs
Jim NoonanSwearing Creek
Rick KetnerWaters Edge on Church Creek
Rick MonkWaterford Pointe, Main Channel
R. Wayne Bost
Todd YatesHarborgate on Flat Swamp Creek
Larry JonesMain Channel @ Dutch Second Creek


The directors and members of the High Rock Lake Association urge any person who is not a member, but has an interest in the lake, to join the Association. Your financial support is needed, but more importantly, we need members who will volunteer their time and talent to serve on one of the Associations action committees. Help us work towards our next Goals:

  1. Accomplish things that make our Lake FUN for all.
  2. Insure the Federal License Renewal for High Rock Lake satisfactorily addresses the issues that are important to us.
    Attaining this goal will require the successful cooperation with local, state, and federal officials, as well as ALCOA during the next four years.
  3. Growth of the High Rock Lake Association.
    It is not necessary to own property on High Rock Lake, just a desire to help improve High Rock Lake.

Membership is only $25.00 per calendar year, $60.00 for three years, or $500.00 for a Lifetime Membership. Many members choose to make an additional contribution to assist in the work of the Association.

We welcome everyone!

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