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Upper Mountain Island Lake Watershed
Location description: Western edge of Mecklenburg County where creeks drain directly to Mountain Island Lake

A unique creek: Source of most of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s municipal drinking water. 74% of the Mountain Island Lake shoreline is protected, mostly through County and state-funded land acquisitions.

Approximate square miles of land: 5.35 square miles

Estimated population of this watershed: 

Mountain Island Lake
Water intake for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities near Gar Cove

1990

2000

2010

296

407

1,763


Upper Mountain Island lake vicinity map  Drains into: Mountain Island Lake / Catawba River Watershed

Creeks and named tributaries in the watershed: Catawba River Tributary #3

Miles of perennial streams (always have water): 4.351 miles

Impaired lake/river: Mountain Island Lake

Reason for impairment: low pH

Number of structures (800 square feet or larger) in the regulated floodplain: 7 structures are located in the FEMA No Build Zone
Land use:

Woods

Bare

Residential

Institutional

Industrial

Commercial

Water

Roads

51.0%

31.6%

9.2%

0.2%

1.1%

0.1%

6.7%

0.1%


Landmarks: Rural Hill Centre of Scottish Heritage

Larger neighborhoods: Cashion Woods, Stephens Grove

Schools: N/A

Large public parks/greenways: Stephens Road Nature Preserve, Cowans Ford Wildlife Refuge

Upper Mountain Island Lake Watershed map


Familiar site in this watershed:

Cowans Ford Wildlife Refuge near Mountain Island Lake
Cowans Ford Wildlife Refuge