Year built: 1942
142 miles of shoreline
Surface elevation: 3,035 feet
Location: Macon Country
Nantahala National Forest
Nantahala Lake is located in Macon County, North Carolina in the western part of the state.
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 in the Nantahala National Forest.
The lake was created in 1942 by Nantahala Power to provide electricity for war efforts.
With 42 miles 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.