North Carolina

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About North Carolina
Numerous Lakes of All Sizes

North Carolina is home to more than 50 lakes!

The state's many lakes range from the vast 520 mile shoreline of Lake Norman, to tiny Wolf Creek Lake tucked away in the Smoky Mountains.

Many of these lakes were created by Duke Energy (formerly Carolina Power) as well as Alcoa, the United States Corps of Engineers and Dominion Power.

Of course, there are natural lakes in North Carolina, too, mostly near its eastern, Atlantic coast.

These nature-made lakes are generally more shallow than their man-made counterparts and are often protected by wildlife refuges.

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 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 from each.

State Parks and Natural Beauty

There are plenty of opportunities for lake enthusiasts to take advantage of North Carolina's natural beauty.

The state is home to more than 30 state parks; many of which are located on or around state lakes.

Such convenience provides ample opportunity for camping, boating and fishing.

Popular sport fish found in North Carolina's lakes include largemouth bass, pike, muskie and walleye.

Lake-area visitors also enjoy hiking, and bird watching.

Find Your Waterfront Wonderland

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!