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Abbotts Creek
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Abbotts Creek section of High Rock Lake North Carolina
Other name(s) Tributary to Yadkin River
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Davidson
Forsyth
Physical characteristics
Main source divide between Abbotts Creek and Belews Creek (Dan River tributary)
Kernersville, North Carolina
1,000 ft (300 m)
River mouth Yadkin River (High Rock Lake)
High Rock Lake
624 ft (190 m)
Length 45.45 mi (73.14 km)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    220.54 cu ft/s (6.245 m3/s) at mouth with High Rock Lake
Basin features
Progression generally south
River system Yadkin River
Basin size 223.6 square miles (579 km2)
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Cuddybum Branch
    Rich Fork
    Pounder Fork
    Buddle Branch
  • Right:
    Spurgeon Creek
    Reedy Run
    Brushy Fork
    Leonard Creek
Waterbodies Lake Thom-A-Lex
High Rock Lake

Abbotts Creek starts in Kernersville, NC in Forsyth County and becomes High Rock Lake near Lexington, NC in Davidson County just north of Hwy 47. The section of High Rock Lake that is officially Abbotts Creeks ends near the Hwy 8 causeway, in Southmont, NC.

The median flow at Lexington ranges from 50 to 200 cubic feet per second. While it only provides a relatively small amount of water that enters the lake, it provides a significant fraction of the total surface area of the lake and hosts a large community of lake front homes, as well as provides significant habitat for fish and wildlife. The upper sections of the lake at Abbotts Creek do not have lake front properties and are considered prime area for sports fishing, particularly largemouth bass and catfish.

The lake, up to the high water mark is under the control of Alcoa and is managed under contract granted by the US government.

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