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River Name Approximate Length Within NC (miles) Pronunciation Cities
Alligator 46.7 - -
Ararat 33 AIR-a-rat Mount Airy
Bay 18.2 - Bayboro, Stonewall, Vandemere
Black 50 - Ingold, Ivanhoe
Broad 52.4 - -
Brunswick 6 - Navassa
Calabash 7.3 CALA-bash Calabash
Cane 36.4 - -
Cape Fear 202 - Lillington, Erwin, Fayetteville, Elizabethtown, Wilmington, Bald Head Island
Cashie 55 kuh-SHY Windsor
Catawba 149.4 ka-TAW-ba Old Fort, Morganton, Hickory, Mount Holly, Belmont
Chattooga 10.7 cha-TOO-ga Cashiers
Cheoah 20 CHI-oh-wa Robbinsville
Chowan 48.3 cho-WAHN Winton
Cullasaja 5 COOL-uh-SAY-ja Franklin, Highlands
Dan 98.7 - Danbury, Madison, Eden
Davidson 10.6 - -
Deep 125 - Randleman, Franklinville, Ramseur
Elk 14.7 - Banner Elk
Eno 40 - Hillsborough, North Durham
First Broad 60 - Lawndale, Shelby
Fisher 42.2 - -
Flat 5.7 - -
French Broad 114.2 - Hot Springs, Marshall, Asheville, Mills River, Etowah, Brevard
Green 52 - -
Haw 110 HAH Altamahaw-Ossipee, Burlington, Graham, Saxapahaw
Hiwassee 57.7 high-WAHS-ee Murphy
Horsepasture 15.1 HORSE-pass-chur -
Hungry 8.5 - -
Hyco 4.9 HIGH-co -
Johns 27.3 - -
Linville 30 LINN-vill Linville
Little (Perquimans/Pasquotank Counties) 19.9 - -
Little (Moore/Cumberland/Harnett Counties) 67.7 - Whispering Pines, Fort Bragg
Little (Durham County) 12.6 - -
Little (Transylvania County) 19 - -
Little (Burke County) 5.1 - -
Little (Franklin/Wake/Johnston/Wayne Counties) 82.8 - Youngsville, Goldsboro
Little (Randolph/Montgomery/Richmond Counties) 60 - Asheboro
Little (Alleghany County) 30.6 - Sparta
Little Tennessee 48.4 - Franklin
Lockwood Folly 14.2 LOCK-wood-FA-lee -
Lumber 80 LUM-burr Pembroke, Lumberton, Boardman, Fair Bluff
Meherrin 45.6 ma-HAIR-in Murfreesboro
Mills 12.1 - Mills River
Mitchell 21.5 - -
Nantahala 40 NAN-ta-HAY-la -
Neuse 275 NOOSE Smithfield, Goldsboro, Kinston, New Bern
New (Northwestern NC) 4.5 - -
New (Southeastern NC) 50 - Jacksonville
Newport 12 - Newport
Nolichucky 9.9 NOLA-chuck-ee -
North 18 - -
North Toe 63.3 - Spruce Pine
Northeast Cape Fear 130 - Castle Hayne, Wilmington
Northwest 18 - -
Oconaluftee 17.9 o-CON-a-LUFF-tee Cherokee
Pamlico 30.5 PAM-li-co Washington, Aurora
Pasquotank 40.6 PASS-kwo-tank Elizabeth City
Pee Dee 57.1 - -
Perquimans 30.7 per-KWI-mens Winfall, Hertford
Pigeon 55.6 PI-jun Clyde, Canton
Pungo 30.6 PUN-go Belhaven
Reddies 15.5 RED-ees North Wilkesboro
Roanoke 130 ROW-a-noke Roanoke Rapids, Halifax, Williamston, Jamesville, Plymouth
Roaring 11.9 - -
Rocky 95 - Mooresville, Concord, Fairview
Scuppernog 20.2 SCUP-er-nog Columbia
Shalotte 7.2 sha-LOAT Shalotte
Smith 5.1 - Eden
South 84 - Falcon, Autryville
South Fork (Catawba) 48.5 - Lincolnton, High Shoals, McAdenville, Cramerton
South Toe 32.5 - -
Swannanoa 22 swan-na-NO-uh Asheville, Black Mountain
Tar 215 - Louisburg, Rocky Mount, Tarboro, Princeville, Greenville
Toxaway 7.5 TOCKS-away -
Trent 100 - Trenton, Pollocksville, River Bend, Trent Woods, New Bern
Tuckasegee 60 tuck-a-SEE-jee Cullowhee, Dillsboro, Bryson City
Uwharrie 60 you-WARR-ee Trinity
Valley 40 - Topton, Andrews, Marble, Murphy
Waccamaw 44.6 WOK-a-ma -
Watauga 25.7 wa-TAW-ga -
White Oak 40 - Swansboro
Wiccacon 21 WICK-ca-conn -
Yadkin 215 YAD-ken Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro, Ronda, Elkin-Jonesville, Clemmons






Name Acreage Type Pronunciation Counties Mean Depth Max Depth Surface Elevation Shoreline Miles Residence Time (Days) Settlements Year Owner
Albemarle Sound 403795 Estuarine ALBA-marr-ill Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Washington 15 18 0 500 45 Albemarle Beach, Edenton, Mackeys, Pea Ridge, Point Harbor, Powells Point 000 -
Back Sound 11907 Estuarine - Carteret 000 000 000 000 000 Harkers Island 000 -
Bogue Sound 24832 Estuarine BOAG Carteret 000 000 000 000 000 Atlantic Beach, Broad Creek, Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, Morehead City, Pine Knoll 000 -
Core Sound 69604 Estuarine - Carteret 000 000 0 000 000 Atlantic, Sealevel, Stacy 000 -
Croatan Sound 24718 Estuarine CROW-a-tan Dare 000 000 0 000 000 Manns Harvor 000 -
Currituck Sound 76242 Estuarine KERR-eh-TUCK Currituck, Dare 5 13 0 000 270 Duck, Grandy, Harbinger, Jarvisburg 000 -
Pamlico Sound 1155500 Estuarine PAM-lih-CO Carteret, Dare, Hyde, Pamlico 16 24 0 000 330 Avon, Buxton, Engelhard, Frisco, Hatteras, Middletown, Portsmouth, Ocracoke, Salvo, Stumpy Point, Waves 000 -
Roanoke Sound 28534 Estuarine ROW-uh-NOKE Dare 000 000 000 000 000 Manteo, Wanchese 000 -
Great Lake 2965 Natural - Craven 9 0 23 8 86 - 000 -
Lake Mattamuskeet 40276 Natural MATTA-mus-KEET Hyde 2.5 5 3 56.5 880 New Holland 000 -
Lake Phelps 15814 Natural FELPS Washington, Tyrrell 4 9 7 19 983 - 000 -
Pungo Lake 2223 Natural - Hyde, Washington 17 000 000 8 723 - 000 -
Lake Waccamaw 8938 Natural WAKA-mah Columbus 7.5 11 43 14 223 Lake Waccamaw Township 000 -
Badin Lake 5350 Reservoir BAY-din Davidson, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly 90 190 540 116 000 Badin 1917 Alcoa
Belews Lake 3846 Reservoir beh-LOOS Forsyth, Guilford, Rockingham, Stokes 35 130 732 37 588 Belews Creek 1973 Duke
Lake Chatuge 7200 Reservoir sha-TOOG Clay 46 145 1923 69 314 - 1942 TVA
Falls Lake 12410 Reservoir - Durham, Granville, Wake 108 000 243 111 692 Falls, New Light, Stony Hill 1983 USACE
Fontana Lake 10230 Reservoir fawn-TAN-a Graham, Swain 135 440 1707 238 000 Fontana Dam 1944 TVA
Lake Gaston 20300 Reservoir GAS-tunn Halifax, Northampton, Warren 40 96 201 350 000 Elams, Henrico 1963 Dominion
Lake Glenville 1470 Reservoir - Jackson 000 121 3492 26 000 Erastus, Glenville 1941 Alcoa
Harris Lake 4100 Reservoir - Chatham, Wake 17 59 230 43 414 - 1983 CPAL
Lake Hickory 4223 Reservoir - Alexander, Burke, Catawba, Caldwell 40 101 939 53 29 Bethlehem, Hickory, Northlakes 1927 Duke
High Rock Lake 15180 Reservoir - Davidson, Rowan 30 52 614 365 26 Cotton Grove, Feezor, Southmont 1928 Alcoa
Lake Hiwassee 6275 Reservoir hi-WASS-ee Cherokee 142 309 1476 163 81 - 1940 TVA
Hyco Lake 3750 Reservoir HIGH-co Caswell, Person 21 30 412 160 000 Williamsville 1965 CPAL
Lake James 6812 Reservoir - Burke, McDowell 65 150 1211 150 176 Nebo 1923 Duke
Jordan Lake 13940 Reservoir - Chatham, Durham 14 38 224 83 660 Bells, Seaforth, Wilsonville 1982 USACE
Kerr Lake 48900 Reservoir CAR Vance, Warren 30 101 300 850 000 - 1952 USACE
Mayo Lake 2800 Reservoir - Person 30 000 437 86 000 - 000 CPAL
Mountain Island Lake 3281 Reservoir - Gaston, Mecklenburg 27 000 667 61 8 Mountain Island 1924 Duke
Nantahala Lake 1605 Reservoir NAN-ta-HAY-la Clay, Macon 000 250 926 43 000 - 1942 NPALC
Lake Norman 32510 Reservoir - Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg 33.5 110 758 520 207 Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Governors Island, Huntersville, Mooresville, Sherrills Ford, Terrell, Troutman, Westport 1964 Duke
Lake Rhodhiss 3060 Reservoir ROAD-hiss Burke, Caldwell 42 52 305 90 18 Granite Falls, Morganton, Valdese 1925 Duke
Lake Santeetlah 2881 Reservoir san-TEET-la Graham 57 213 1941 76 000 Lake Santeetlah Township 1928 -
Lake Tillery 5260 Reservoir - Montgomery, Stanly 33 72 278 117.8 8.6 - 1928 CPAL
W. Kerr Scott Reservoir 1475 Reservoir - KERR - - Wilkes 000 177 1054 24 259 - 1962 USACE
Lake Wylie 12139 Reservoir WHY-lee Gaston, Mecklenburg 23 94 569 325 28 Charlotte, India Hook, Steele Creek, Tega Cay 1904 CPC
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