The Narrows development is located in Davidson, Stanly and Montgomery counties, North Carolina on the Yadkin River at river mile 236.5. Completed in 1917, the Narrows development was the first of the Project developments to be built. Narrows Dam consists of a main dam section and a bypass spillway section. Four steel penstocks convey water from the intake section to the powerhouse. The dam impounds a reservoir (Narrows Reservoir or Badin Lake) that has a normal full pool area of 6,355 acres and a drainage area of 4,180 square miles.
The powerhouse, which is located immediately downstream of the intake section, contains four vertical Francis turbine units directly connected to generators. Narrows produces a long term average generation of 474,785 megawatt-hours of clean electricity per year, enough to power 45,652 homes.
Date Opened: 1917
Surface Area Acreage: 6,355 acres
Generating Capacity: 110.4 megawatts
NC Counties: Davidson, Stanly, Montgomery