- Yadkin River
The Yadkin River is one of the longest rivers in
North Carolina. It rises in the northwestern portion of the state near the Blue Ridge Parkway's Thunder Hill overlook. Several parts of the river are impounded by damsfor water, power, and flood control. The river becomes the Pee Dee Riverat the confluence of the Uwharrie River. The river flows into South Carolinanear Cheraw, which is at the fall linewhere it becomes the Great Pee Dee River.
In the upper regions of the river, Moravian settlers from
Bethlehem, Pennsylvaniabegan the Wachovia colony in 1753. Between then and the Revolutionary War thousands of settlers came from Pennsylvaniausing the Great Wagon Road. They were of mostly German and Scots-Irishbackground.
The river is extensively used for recreation. Fishing consists mostly of sunfish,
catfish, largemouth bassand white bassin the spring and early summer. Canoeing and rafting are also possible. A portion of the river flows through Pilot Mountain State Park. Morrow Mountain State Parkand the Uwharrie National Forestare along the banks of the river where the river's name changes to the Pee Dee River.
Principal tributaries of the Yadkin include the Reddies, Roaring, Mitchell, Fisher, Ararat and South Yadkin Rivers. [>
DeLorme(2001). "North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer". Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-277-3]
Water supplies for many communities in North and South Carolina are taken from the Yadkin-Pee Dee and during drought years the division of the water is a contentious issue.
Yadkin County, North Carolina, and its county seat, the town of Yadkinville, are named after the river.
Lakes created by the Yadkin/Pee Dee River
There are many reservoirs created by damming the Yadkin and Pee Dee rivers within the bounds of North Carolina, and are listed from upstream to downstream:
W. Kerr Scott Reservoir
High Rock Lake
Blewitt Falls Lake
Many of these lakes generate hydroelectric power, including High Rock Lake and Badin Lake, which are managed by Alcoa under contract with the US Government, under
List of North Carolina rivers
[http://www.alcoa.com/yadkin/en/home.asp General information about many of the dammed project on the river]
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