About Lake Lure

Lake Lure, NC is a vacation destination each year for visitors from around the world. Located in western North Carolina, Lake Lure is in the heart of Hickory Nut Gorge, just east of Asheville, NC. The Rocky Broad River winds its way through a series of rapids down through Hickory Nut Gorge, and the crystal clear water flows through the valley that feeds Lake Lure. The climate is unusually temperate as Lake Lure lies in the “thermal belt” of the western North Carolina mountains and foothills.

The Town of Lake Lure

Nestled among the grandeur of Chimney Rock State Park, Lake Lure majestically rests at the edge of the Piedmont, proudly announcing the Southern Crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the start of Western North Carolina. National Geographic magazine calls Lake Lure “one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world”. With over 27 miles of shoreline, crystal-clear blue water, pristine beaches, boating, kayaking & canoeing opportunities, and world class trout fishing, its no wonder that Lake Lure is one of North Carolina’s most popular vacation destinations.

The town of Lake Lure North Carolina is just as charming a place as the scenery. With over 1,000 permanent residents, Lake Lure North Carolina is a small town, but receives many visitors who enjoy the lake for a vacation getaway. The town of Lake Lure North Carolina is located just east of Asheville and is conveniently close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Chimney Rock State Park, Biltmore Estate and various other beautiful locations across Western North Carolina.

Lake Lure History

In 1927, the town of Lake Lure was incorporated. In 1925, construction on the dam was started by the Carolina Mountain Power Company and following completion of the dam on the Broad River in 1926, which created the lake around which the town is situated. Dr. Lucius Morse is credited with creating the first plans for the town.

In 1902, Morse and his brothers purchased 400 acres around Chimney Rock (within present-day Chimney Rock Park) for $5,000. They later acquired enough acreage in the area to bring the total to 8000 acres. They then funded the construction of the dam (through a mortgage) which produced the lake after which the town is named.

The plans for development came to a halt in 1929 with the advent of the Great Depression. A mortgage-holder, Stroud & Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, foreclosed on the lake and the dam. Stroud owned them and the power the dam generated until 1965, when state-authorized revenue bonds were issued to permit the town to buy the assets from Stroud. To this day, the power plant is still operating and selling power to Duke Power.

Camp Chimney Rock for Boys

Almost one hundred years ago the land that is now Firefly Cove was christened as Camp Chimney Rock for Boys because of the idyllic combination of the lake, hills and rocky ridges – the perfect setting for outdoor adventure. For decades, this land was the summer home to boys (and eventually girls) from all around the world, teaching them, challenging them, and transforming them. Reminders of the boys camp can still be found throughout the community today.

Fishing on Lake Lure

Whether you’re an avid angler, or a laid-back fisherman looking for a little rest and relaxation, Lake Lure is a fishing destination with many opportunities for you. Lake Lure is located in the Hickory Nut Gorge where you will find rainbow trout, brown trout, large mouth bass, small mouth bass, crappie, white bass, catfish, bluegill and sun-perch. It is required that you obtain a state license in order to fish in the lake or rivers. Depending on the season, many species of fish are targeted here on Lake Lure. If you need help getting started, drop us a line and we’ll recommend a fishing guide.

Watersports on Lake Lure

The crystal-clear mountain waters of Lake Lure offer tremendous opportunities for watersports. From the glassy mornings which are perfect for waterskiing and wake boarding to the warm afternoons which invite a refreshing swim in the lake, Lake Lure offers something for everyone. Growing in popularity, paddle sports such as kayaking and canoeing are taking hold on Lake Lure as well. With over 27 miles of shoreline and numerous coves and inlets, there is room for everyone to enjoy their favorite activities with peace and tranquility.