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North Carolina Lakes, Rivers and Water Resources




North Carolina Lakes and Rivers Map
North Carolina Rivers Shown on the Map:   Black River, Broad River, Cape Fear River, Catawba River, Chowan River, Deep River, Don River, French Broad River, Haw River, Lumber River, Neuse River, Northeast Cape Fear River, Pee Dee River, Roanoke River, Rocky River, South River, Tar River and Yadkin River.

North Carolina Lakes Shown on the Map:   B. Everett Jordan Lake, Belews Lake, Chatuge Lake, Falls Lake, Fontana Lake, High Rock Lake, Hiwasee lake, John H. Kerr Reservoir, Lake Gaston, Lake James, Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Norman, Long Bay, Onslow Bay and W. Kerr Scott Reservoir.


 North Carolina Stream and River Levels
North Carolina river levels map
The United States Geological Survey has a number of stream gages located throughout North Carolina. These estimate stream levels, discharges and record them over time. This data is published on the web and many stations allow users to plot custom graphs. Get updated North Carolina river and stream levels from USGS here.


 North Carolina Stream and River Level Alerts
North Carolina water level alerts
The United States Geological Survey has a system that will send you an email message when flood levels are reached on any steam with USGS gaging equipment that you have selected. Sign up here to recieve North Carolina stream and river level alerts.


 North Carolina Water Publications
North Carolina precipitation map
The United States Geological Survey has a number of publications related to water use and water resources in North Carolina. View the water resource publications for North Carolina here.


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 North Carolina Drought Map
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The United States Geological Survey publishes updated drought maps on their website. There you can view a map that shows where below normal 7-day average stream flow conditions were recently recorded. The maps are updated daily. Get a current North Carolina drought map here.




 North Carolina Precipitation Map
North Carolina precipitation map
The National Atlas Project has precipitation maps for North Carolina and other states that you can view online or print for personal use. These maps show the average annual precipitation levels mapped across the state. View and print an North Carolina precipitation map here. Precipitation maps prepared by the PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University and the United States Geological Survey.


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