Rivers & Lakes

Tuckasegee River

Affectionately known as “The Tuck,” the Tuckasegee River flows almost the entire length of Jackson County.

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Wolf Lake

Better known to the locals as Wolf Lake, this 183-acre high-elevation lake offers spectacular scenery and great boating.

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Tanasee Creek Lake

The smallest of the community lakes, this 40-acre gem offers great fishing and paddling.

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Lake Glenville

With 26-miles of shoreline, 7 islands and 3 gorgeous waterfalls, Lake Glenville is a getaway in itself.

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East Fork Lakes

Described as “blue jewels along the swift waters of the Tuckasegee River’s East Fork,” these four gems, the East Fork Lakes, offer some wonderful opportunities for outdoor activities.

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Cedar Cliff Lake

The lowest in elevation of the East Fork lakes, Cedar Cliff is known for fishing and swimming.

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Bear Lake

The largest of Duke Energy’s stair-step reservoirs on the Tuckasegee’s East Fork, Bear Creek Lake – or simply Bear Lake to the locals – is a popular destination for both anglers and boaters.

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Balsam Lake

As the only public-access lake not owned by the power company, Balsam is a tiny jewel in the heart of the Roy Taylor National Forest.

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Water, Water, Everywhere

Welcome To The Trout Fishing Capital Of North Carolina

The Tuckasegee River is viewed as a fly-fisherman’s paradise, and beautiful mountain lakes along the river’s East and West forks are perfect for boating, rafting and kayaking.

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Greening up the Mountains

Apr 28  //  Starts: 10:00 am Ends: 4:00 pm

This free festival celebrates the arrival of spring in the mountains, when the greening leaves work their way up the mountainsides in the Great Smokie

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