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Belews Lake

Completed in 1973, Belews Lake has a surface area of 3,863 acres and a shoreline of approximately 88 miles. It is impounded by a rolled earth fill dam with a concrete spillway across Belews Creek.

The lake was created to provide cooling water for Belews Creek Steam Station -- the largest coal-fired station on the Duke Energy system.

Unlike most Duke Energy lakes, there is no hydroelectric generation at this dam, so Belews Lake is not under FERC license. It is used as cooling water for the Belews Creek Steam Station. Drawdown of the lake occurs only when necessary to maintain minimum discharge into the Dan River. View current lake level.

Duke Energy offers the following tips for having a safe and enjoyable trip on Belews Lake:

  • Lake access provided by Duke Energy for the general public is only available at the Piney Bluff Access Area on N.C. Highway 65 and the Pine Hall Access Area on Pine Hall Rd. Other areas around the lake have been posted with NO TRESPASSING signs. These areas include, but are not limited to, the lands around and near the power plant, the area around the dam, and lands near bridge crossings. Violators may be prosecuted.
  • Access areas are open daily, every day. Parking is permitted in marked spaces only. Vehicles and trailers should not be parked along the highway. Vehicles found in unauthorized areas are subject to towing, without prior notice, at the owner's expense.
  • The public is permitted to use the lake for activities such as pleasure boating, fishing and water skiing.
  • Public use of the islands and shoreline (those areas not posted with "no trespassing" signs) is permitted from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except for authorized activities. Any other use after these hours is considered trespassing and subject to prosecution.
  • Camping on the islands or shoreline is not allowed. No fixtures or structures of any kind are to be erected in these areas. This includes, but is not limited to, tables, open fires, fire pits, etc. 
  • Keep the environment safe and clean by leaving no trace of your visit to Belews Lake. Handle gasoline and oil with care to avoid spills and please do not litter.

Public Access Areas

  • Pine Hall Access Area
  • Piney Bluff Access Area
  • Humphries Ridge Campground
  • Carolina Camp-in and Marina 1-800-344-2628

Pine Hall Access Area Map

Pine Hall Access Area Pine Hall Access Area Parking Launching Ramp

Piney Bluff Access Area Map

Piney Bluff Access Area Piney Bluff Access Area Parking Launching Ramp

Humphries Ridge Campground Map


Humphries Ridge Campground Humphries Ridge Campground Parking Launching Ramp
Campground Telephone Trailer Sites

Carolina Camp-in and Marina Map

Carolina Camp-in and Marina Carolina Camp-in and Marina Parking Launching Ramp
Gas Station Grocery Store Campground Restrooms Trailer Sites Pumpout Station

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