Chatuge Lake

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Chatuge Lake

North Carolina

(828) 837-7395

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Overview

Chatuge Reservoir, located on the Hiwassee River in western North Carolina, is 13 miles long and extends southeast from the dam into north Georgia. The reservoir is named after a nearby Cherokee settlement.

Sport fishing is popular at Chatuge, both in the reservoir and in the Hiwassee River below the dam. A concrete weir has been installed below the dam to provide a steady flow of water in the riverbed and to increase oxygen levels for fish and other aquatic animals. Wade fishing for trout is popular here since fish are attracted to the weir, where food is abundant.

Chatuge is operated for many purposes, including flood damage reduction, power generation, and augmentation of water flows for navigation downstream. This scenic lake set amid the Appalachian Mountains has 130 miles of shoreline and 7,000 surface acres at normal summer pool levels.

Map of Chatuge Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 35.020439, -83.785160

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Activities

  • Boating

    Many boat ramps are available for public use in the area.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Auto/motorcycle touring is permitted.

  • Camping

    Several campgrounds in the area offer both primitive campsites as well as sites with electrical hookups.

  • Fishing

    Sport fishing is popular at Chatuge, both in the reservoir and in the Hiwassee River below the dam. A concrete weir has been installed below the dam to provide a steady flow of water in the riverbed and to increase oxygen levels for fish and other aquatic animals. Wade fishing for trout is popular here since fish are attracted to the weir, where food is abundant.

  • Historic Sites

    America's public land recreation areas provide a wonderful way to explore American history.

  • Hunting

    Hunting nearby, contact park for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Several picnic shelters and areas are available.

  • RVing

    Several campgrounds in the area offer electrical hookups.

  • Water Sports

    There are swimming areas on the lake. Other water sports are also popular.

Directions

Driving

From Chattanooga, go north on 1-75 and take exit 20, Highway 64 East. Stay on 64E through Murphy, NC to Hayesville, NC.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(828) 837-7395

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