The Best Vacation Spots Lake Nantahala in North Carolina

Lake Nantahala (/ˌnæntəˈheɪlə/) is located in the western part of Macon County, NC and is a water adventurer’s dream. Pristine waters, with over 80% of the lakefront owned by the Nantahala National Forest. A truly unique spot to enjoy being disconnected from the electronic world of today, you can get back to nature, and enjoy a multitude of water sports. Boating, jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, and fishing in the waters of Lake Nantahala.

The lake is regulated and maintained by Duke Power and is a major source of hydroelectric power to the region. Nantahala is located at 3,000 feet (910 m) in the Nantahala National Forest. The lake was created in 1942 by Nantahala Power to provide electricity for war efforts. With 42 miles (68 km) of shoreline, the lake offers recreational opportunities at Nantahala that include swimming, boating, skiing, and many other activities. Fishing is another popular activity; aficionados will find largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout, salmon, catfish, and many different species of panfish. The lake water is very clear; there is almost no dissolved silt/clay. However, when daytime waves stir up the lake bed along the shoreline, the water within the first several feet of shore can become temporarily cloudy. Most of the shoreline plummets steeply into and beneath the water, limiting this effect.

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