Latest from Duke Energy - 2/14/2012 - The Bridgewater Hydro Station has returned to service. To protect the ongoing Paddy Creek Spillway work, Lake James will be lowered from its current elevation of 97.8 ft to 94 feet. This level will be maintained through the end of March. If work goes as planned the lake level will then be allowed to increase to 95 ft. in April and to 96 ft. in May. After June 1st, the lake level will be allowed to return to 98 feet.