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About North Carolina Lakes

Numerous Lakes of All Sizes

North Carolina is home to over 50 lakes, ranging from the vast 520 mile shoreline of Lake Norman with 10 boat ramps to tiny Wolf Creek Lake tucked away in the Smoky Mountains, to Lake Mattamuskeet the state’s largest natural lake located on the coastal plain.


Though many of these lakes were created by Duke Energy (formerly Carolina Power), other North Carolina lakes were formed and managed by other entities including Alcoa, the United States Corps of Engineers, and Dominion Power, as well as a few large natural lakes along the coast.


Diverse Landscapes, Something for Everyone

The western portion of North Carolina is a large part of the Appalachian Mountain chain. There are numerous lakes in the area, many of which are surrounded and protected by the Nantahala National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Pisgah National Forest.


These lakes boast deep, clean, cold water while surrounded by forested mountain views that are just as pristine as the water.


Central North Carolina provides large, man-made lakes that are easily accessible by nearby major cities. Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro all have beautiful recreational lakes within a one hour drive.


There are also many natural lakes along the eastern coast of North Carolina, the largest being Lake Mattamuskeet which spans over 40,000 acres. These lakes are generally more shallow and protected by wildlife refuges, with a close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.


State Parks and Natural Beauty

There are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of North Carolina’s natural beauty, with over 30 state parks; many of which are located on or around state lakes.


This provides ample opportunity for camping, boating, fishing, hiking, and bird watching.


Whether it’s a quiet getaway to the mountains, a family adventure on a popular lake, or a retreat near the coast, North Carolina has a lake that is right for you!