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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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North Carolina Hydrosphere

North Carolina contains some of the greatest geographical diversity confined within a single state of any state in the nation. With mountains, the Piedmont, and the coastal plain, this diverse geography yields diverse river systems and distribution of water throughout the state. Check out the below tables for a broad overview of the state's rivers and then the state's major bodies of water.