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.

Large enough for motor and pontoon boats, Bear Lake is also small enough for kayakers and canoe paddlers to enjoy. One spectacular feature is Sols Creek Falls—visible to boaters and accessible by a foot trail that starts where Sols Creek empties into the lake. The south side of the lake is privately owned with much of that land being part of the Bear Lake Reserve Community.


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Bear Creek Lake, along with Wolf Creek Lake, Cedar Cliff Lake, and Tanasee Creek Lake, make up what is known as East Fork Lakes.

Bear Lake Access Area will be temporarily closed from September 6 until mid-November as the lake is drawn down for required maintenance

Cedar Cliff and Wolf Creek Access Areas will also be temporarily impacted in October and November

The Access Area boat ramp will be inoperable during this time

*Beginning September 3rd paddlers, anglers and other recreational users of the East Fork and Mainstem of the Tuckasegee River may experience higher than normal flows.

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