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Gar Creek Watershed
Location: Northwestern Mecklenburg County including parts of southern/western Huntersville and the northwestern tip of Charlotte

A unique creek: More than half of the watershed is covered in woods and 73 percent of the watershed is undeveloped.

Approximate square miles of land: 8.29 square miles

Estimated population of the watershed:

 Gar Creek Latta Plantation
Log cabin at Latta Plantation


1990

2000

2010

1,729

1,980

2,158


Drains into: Mountain Island Lake / Catawba River Watershed

Creeks and named tributaries in the watershed: Gar Creek

Miles of perennial streams (always have water): 6.852

Impaired streams: None

Number of structures (800 square feet or larger) in the regulated floodplain: 22 structures are located in the FEMA No Build Zone

Land use:
 Gar Creek vicinity map

Woods

Bare

Residential

Institutional

Industrial

Commercial

Water

Roads

54.4%

19.0%

17.0%

0.8%

0.6%

0.1%

8.1%

0.4%


Landmarks: Carolina Raptor Center, Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, Gar Creek Nature Preserve

Larger neighborhoods/areas: The Overlook, Mountain Point 

Zip Codes: 28078, 28216

Schools:

Name

Address

Long Creek Elementary

 


Parks: Latta Plantation Nature Preserve

Greenways:

Name

Status

Gar Creek Greenway

Proposed


Public Libraries:
Mountain Island Branch Library

Gar Creek Watershed map


Familiar sites in the Gar Creek Watershed:

Historic building at Latta Plantation
Latta Plantation 

   

Gar Creek
Gar Creek 

Latta Plantation sign
Latta Nature Preserve 

  

Statue at Carolina Raptor Center
Carolina Raptor Center