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  1. What is the only county in North Carolina that contains parts of four different river basins? Answer

  2. In what river basin is the main river made up almost entirely of lakes? Answer

  3. Which river basin contains both a national wilderness area and North Carolina's largest city? Answer

  4. In what river basin is the entire 115-mile long mainstem designated as a State Natural and Scenic River? Answer

  5. Which river basin contains one of the oldest rivers in the world? Answer

  6. Which river basin contains one of only 14 American Heritage Rivers* in the United States? Answer

  7. In which river basin does the mainstem river change its name as it changes from a freshwater stream into a tidal estuary? Answer

  8. What is the only river basin that empties into coastal waters in North Carolina that originates in the mountains?
    (Hint: The river basin does not originate in the North Carolina mountains)
    Answer

  9. Is there any river basin in North Carolina that flows from the North Carolina mountains to the North Carolina coast? Answer

  10. Which river basin cuts North Carolina in half? (Hint: It flows south from Virginia through North Carolina and into South Carolina) Answer

  11. Which two other river basins cut across the state and in what direction do they flow? (Hint: They are both located in the mountains of North Carolina) Answer

  12. Which is the only river basin that is located entirely within North Carolina's coastal plain? Answer

  13. In what river basin does the name of the mainstem change its spelling when it crosses the state line? Answer

  14. What is the only river basin in North Carolina that has three locks and dams? Answer

  15. In what river basin is the capital of North Carolina found? Answer

  16. How many river basins in North Carolina receive waters that flow from Virginia? Answer

  17. How many states receive waters flowing from North Carolina? Answer

  18. In which river basin is the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation) located? Answer

  19. What is the only river basin in North Carolina that doesn't contain any part of the main river for which it's named? Answer

  20. What two major rivers flow from North Carolina into another state, back into North Carolina and then back out again? Answer

  21. Which rivers do not have their headwaters in the mountains of North Carolina? Answer

  22. Which river basin contains the highest elevation mountain in North Carolina? Answer

  23. What is the largest river basin in North Carolina? Answer

  24. What is the smallest river basin within North Carolina? Answer

  25. Which river basin has the greatest number of people located within it? Answer

  26. Which river basin has the greatest population density? Answer

  27. Which river basin has the smallest number of people located within it? Answer

  28. Which river basin contains the state's largest natural lake? Answer

  29. Which river basins in North Carolina contain no impaired streams? Answer

  30. The mainstem of which river basin changes its name within North Carolina? Answer

  31. Which river basins are found entirely within North Carolina? Answer



ANSWERS...

  1. Watauga County contains parts of the Yadkin-Pee Dee, New, Watauga and Catawba River basins. Back

  2. The Catawba River is impounded by seven lakes in North Carolina (Lake James, Rhodhiss Lake, Lake Hickory, Lookout Shoals Lake, Lake Norman, Mountain Island Lake, and Lake Wylie). Back

  3. The Catawba River basin contains the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area and the City of Charlotte. Back

  4. The Lumber River is a State Natural and Scenic River (eighty-one miles is also designated a National Wild and Scenic River). Back

  5. The New River in Allegheny, Ashe and Watauga counties is one of the world's oldest rivers. Back

  6. The New River is designated as an American Heritage River (*Learn more - checkout this website). Back

  7. The Tar-Pamlico River changes its name from the Tar River to the Pamlico River at Washington, NC. Hence,
    the name Tar-Pamlico.
    Back

  8. The Roanoke River basin. Back

  9. No. Back

  10. The Yadkin-Pee Dee River basin. Back

  11. The French Broad and Little Tennessee River basins both flow northwest. Back

  12. The White Oak River basin. Back

  13. The Hiwassee Riverin North Carolina changes from the Hiawassee River as it flows from Georgia. Back

  14. The Cape Fear River basin. Back

  15. The City of Raleigh is located in the Neuse River basin. Back

  16. Five. They include the New (mainstem flows into Virginia, back into NC and then back to VA), Yadkin-Pee Dee, Roanoke, Chowan and Pasquotank River basins. Back

  17. Four. They include South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Tennessee. Back

  18. The Little Tennessee River basin. Back

  19. While the Savannah River basin originates in North Carolina, the mainstem of the Savannah River begins below Lake Hartwell in South Carolina, which is located at the confluence of the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers. Back

  20. The New River and the Dan River (major watershed of the Roanoke River basin). Back

  21. The Chowan, Pasquotank, Tar-Pamlico, Neuse, White Oak, Cape Fear and Lumber River basins. Back

  22. The French Broad River basin contains Mount Mitchell. Back

  23. The Cape Fear River basin has 9,322 square miles. Back

  24. The Savannah River basin has only 172 square miles. Back

  25. The Cape Fear River basin has 1,465,451 people based on 1990 census data. Back

  26. The Catawba River basin has approximately 321 persons per square mile versus a statewide average of 139 persons per square mile. Back

  27. The Savannah River basin has only approximately 3,950 people based on 1990 census data. Back

  28. The Tar-Pamlico River basin contains Lake Mattamuskeet which covers about 40,000 acres. Back

  29. The Watauga and the Lumber River basins. Back

  30. The Yadkin-Pee Dee River basin changes from the Yadkin River to the Pee-Dee River below the confluence of the Uwharrie River. Back

  31. The Tar-Pamlico, Cape Fear, Neuse and White Oak River basins. Back to Top