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    Lake Norman | Cowans Ford Dam | Marshall Steam Station | McGuire Nuclear Station | Area Map

    Lake Norman NC

    Cowans Ford Dam and Lake Norman - mid to late 60's
    Photo from post card (mid to late 60's)

    • Year Built: 1959-1964

    • Area: 32,510 acres at full pond

    • Length:  33.6 miles

    • Width:  9 miles

    • Shore line length:  520 miles

    • Maximum Depth: 110 feet

    • Average Depth: 33.5 feet

    • Maximum Drawdown: 15 feet

    • Capacity: 3.4 trillion gallons of water

    • Volume: 1,093,600 acre-feet

    • Elevation at full pond:  760 feet above MSL

    • Retention Time: 207 days (average)

    • Drainage Area: 1,790 square miles

    • Average River Flow @ Cowans Ford Dam: 1,726 MGD

    • Named for:  Norman Atwater Cocke (former president of Duke Power)

    • Source of the Catawba River: McDowell County near Mount Mitchell

    • Lake level: Call 1-800-829-5253 or click here

    • Location:  Lat: 35.5177689 Lon: -80.9557724

    Cowans Ford Dam

    Cowans Ford Hydro Station
    Photo from Cowans Ford Dam Overlook  9-10-04

    • Total length: 7,387 feet  (1,279 feet is concrete, 6,108 feet is earthen)

    • Maximum height:  130 feet

    • Number of generators:  4

    • Generating capacity:  350,000 kilowatts

    • Note:  Site of crucial 1781 revolutionary war battle between British General Cornwallis and American General Davidson and it forms Lake Norman. General Davidson Monument

    • Click here for a satellite view of Cowans Ford Dam

    McGuire Nuclear Station

    McGuire Nuclear Station
    McGuire Nuclear Station Sept 2004

    • Generation units:  2

    • Energy source:  Uranium Dioxide (UO2)

    • Generating capacity:  2258 megawatts (20% of Duke's total)

    • Construction:  1971 - 1981

    • Cost:  $2 Billion

    • Named for:  William Bulgin McGuire, president of Duke Power from 1959 to 1971.

    • Employees:  1185

    • Location: 

      • Huntersville, NC

      • 17 miles northwest of Charlotte

      • At Hwy. 73 and the Catawba River

      • 700 acre site 
    • Click here for a satellite view of the McGuire Nuclear Station

     

    Marshall Steam Station

    • Generation units:  4

    • Energy Source: Coal (18,000 tons per day at full power)

    • Generating capacity:  2,090 megawatts (14% of Duke's total)

    • Commercial Operation:  1965

    • Named for:  E.C. Marshall, president of Duke Power from 1949 to 1953.

    • Location:  

      • Denver, NC

      • 2 miles west of the Catawba River on Hwy 150

    • Note:  Marshall is the second largest coal-burning station on the Duke system. The four-unit station has consistently ranked as one of the most efficient coal plants in the nation.

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    Lake Norman NC area map

    Lake Norman | Cowans Ford Dam | Marshall Steam Station | McGuire Nuclear Station | Area Map

     

     




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