High Rock Lake is a reservoir lake located in the Davidson and Rowan counties of North Carolina, serving as a boundary between them. High Rock Lake is one of four Yadkin 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 has 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 northernmost of the Uwharrie Lakes and 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 currently managed and operated by the Alcoa company.
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.
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.
|Our mailing address is:||High Rock Lake Association, Inc|
Post Office Box 159
Southmont, North Carolina 27351
|Our Email address is:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
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 email@example.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
|Lee Snow||Vice President|
|Henry "Penny" Booke||Treasurer|
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.
|Director||Location on High Rock Lake|
|Henry “Penny” Booke||Oakwood Acres|
|R. Wayne Bost||Fisherman’s Cove on Dutch Second Creek|
|Jim Branch||Watership Downs|
|Matthew Brenseke||Panther Point|
|Barry Childers||Pebble Point on Crane Creek|
|Larry Jones||Fox Hollow Farm on Dutch Second Creek|
|Curtis Leonard||Waterford Pointe|
|Eddie Gallimore||Upper Headwaters, Davidson County|
|Kelly Gallimore||Upper Headwaters, Davidson County|
|Warren Godwin||Waterford Pointe|
|Len Strong||Watership Downs|
|Lee Snow||Crane Cove|
|Mel Wofford||Riverview Acres on Crow Creek|
|Todd Yates||Harborgate on Flat Swamp 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:
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!