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Lake Name Maximum depth in feet Lake Description
Carters Lake
(Georgia, USA)
450 Carters Lake Pictures Positioned at the south end of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia, Carters Lake is a small, deep lake with a little over 60 miles of shoreline and approximately 3,220 acres of clear water. It is one of Georgia's newest Great Lakes, offering plenty of traditional lake activities like ...
Fontana Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
440 Fontana Lake Pictures Fontana Lake Message Forums Also known as: Fontana Reservoir
Fontana Lake, nestled in western North Carolina's Smoky Mountains, was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to provide hydroelectric power to the surrounding area. It includes the tallest dam in the TVA system and the tallest dam in the eastern United Sates. Fontana Lake is often called one ...
Summersville Lake
(West Virginia, USA)
327 Summersville Lake Pictures Also known as: Summersville Reservoir
Scenic Summersville Lake is the largest lake in West Virginia. The reservoir was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control on the Gauley and Kanawha Rivers, and boasts one of the largest earthen dam east of the Mississippi River. Since its completion in 1966, Summersville Lake has ...
Lake Jocassee
(North Carolina, USA / South Carolina, USA)
326 Lake Jocassee Pictures Lake Jocassee Message Forums Nestled into the pristine Appalachian mountains of northwestern South Carolina and southwestern North Carolina, Lake Jocassee reaches its watery depths down 300 feet and out over 7,500 acres. Burying underwater an area once home to part of the Cherokee nation, the lake was originally built for hydro-electric ...
Lake Hiwassee
(North Carolina, USA)
308 Lake Hiwassee Pictures Lake Hiwassee Message Forums Also known as: Hiwassee Reservoir or Hiwassee Lake
Lake Hiwassee is located in the mountainous region of North Carolina's southwestern Cherokee County. Sitting in the Nantahala National Forest, it is almost completely surrounded by wilderness and is fed by six major tributaries. "Hiwassee" means "savannah" or "meadow" and is derived from the Cherokee ...
Watauga Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
305 Watauga Lake Pictures Watauga Lake Message Forums Also known as: Lake Watauga
Watauga Lake exudes independence, solitude, and nature's bounty. If these traditional American values appeal to you, then you need to visit pristine Watauga Lake. Hidden among the Appalachian Mountains of northeastern Tennessee, the reservoir - covering 6,430 acres - is little-known and lightly visited. ...
Lake Keowee
(South Carolina, USA)
297 Lake Keowee Pictures Lake Keowee Message Forums Lake Keowee is a freshwater lake located in northwestern South Carolina at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The lake supplies water to the nearby town of Seneca and Greenville, SC. Owned by Duke Power Company, the 18,500 acre man-made reservoir has many public access ramps. Property ...
Laurel River Lake
(Kentucky, USA)
280 Laurel River Lake Message Forums Laurel River Lake was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1974 to provide flood control and hydroelectric power to its neighboring areas, but has also become a sought-after vacation destination. Sharing shoreline with the state's Daniel Boone National Forest, the lake straddles Laurel and ...
Lewis Smith Lake
(Alabama, USA)
264 Lewis Smith Lake Pictures Lewis Smith Lake Message Forums Also known as: Smith Lake
Lewis Smith Lake is a perfect place for an outdoor adventure. Tucked into a corner of the Bankhead National Forest in northern Alabama's Mountain Region, the abundance of coves and deep clear water of the many-fingered Lewis Smith Lake draws anglers and boaters from all over. One of Alabama's cleanest ...
Smith Mountain Lake
(Virginia, USA)
250 Smith Mountain Lake Pictures Smith Mountain Lake Message Forums With emerald green shores, sapphire blue skies, topaz blue waters, and soaring surrounding mountains, it's clear why Smith Mountain Lake is nicknamed "Jewel of the Blue Ridge." Nestled in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia's most popular recreational lake offers 580 miles of coved shoreline ...
Herrington Lake
(Kentucky, USA)
249 Herrington Lake Pictures Herrington Lake Message Forums Meandering 32 miles across the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky is Herrington Lake. The first large impoundment in Kentucky, Herrington Lake was created in 1925 by damming the Dix River three miles above its joining with the Kentucky River. Kentucky Utilities created the reservoir to generate hydroelectric ...
Lake Nantahala
(North Carolina, USA)
249 Lake Nantahala Pictures Lake Nantahala Message Forums Also known as: Nantahala Lake
Lake Nantahala is one of the most pristine lakes in North Carolina. It lies surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in Macon County with a surface area of 1,605 acres at 3,012 feet mean sea level and over 20 miles of shoreline. About half of the lake sits within the Nantahala National Forest; the other ...
Lake Wylie
(North Carolina, USA / South Carolina, USA)
240 Lake Wylie Pictures Lake Wylie Message Forums Also known as: Lake Wylie Reservoir
Spanning the North Carolina-South Carolina border, Lake Wylie is the oldest reservoir on the Catawba River. First dammed in 1904, the dam was rebuilt in 1924, vastly increasing the amount of surface acreage. Managed by Duke Energy, the reservoir and dam serve several power generation systems including ...
Spring Hollow Reservoir
(Virginia, USA)
220 Spring Hollow Reservoir Message Forums Spring Hollow Reservoir is a prime example of planned water supply storage in Virginia's southern Shenandoah Valley region. The 158-acre reservoir was created by building a dam across a valley southwest of the city of Roanoke. The dam encloses water pumped from the nearby Roanoke River. Called an off-stream ...
Table Rock Lake
(Missouri, USA / Arkansas, USA)
220 Table Rock Lake Pictures Branson, Missouri has the saying "Someone you love is playing here." When you visit nearby Table Rock Lake, the person playing is sure to be you. With all the amenities that Branson has to offer and some of the nation's best bass fishing, Table Rock Lake is an Ozark Mountain playground waiting to ...
Lake Santeetlah
(North Carolina, USA)
213 Lake Santeetlah Pictures Lake Santeetlah Message Forums Also known as: Santeetlah Reservoir or Santeetlah Lake
High up in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina's largely wild, westerly Graham County is Lake Santeetlah. Owned by Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners, the lake was impounded on the Cheoah River in 1928 for hydroelectric energy. The reservoir covers 2,881 acres and lies at an elevation of ...
Beaver Lake
(Arkansas, USA)
210 Beaver Lake Pictures Majestic limestone bluffs, hidden natural caves, and beautiful crystal clear water combine to make Beaver Lake an outdoor enthusiast's playground. Add a rich history and exceptional fishing, and there is sure to be something to please everyone. Unsurpassed natural beauty makes Beaver Lake a popular ...
Bull Shoals Lake
(Missouri, USA / Arkansas, USA)
204 Bull Shoals Lake Pictures Tucked in the Ozark Mountains, Bull Shoals Lake offers year round opportunities for relaxation and recreation. With over 45,000 surface acres of water it is the larger of the Ozark Twin Lakes (Norfolk Lake being the other), extending from northern Arkansas into southern Missouri. Its rocky shoreline, ...
DeGray Lake
(Arkansas, USA)
200 DeGray Lake Pictures DeGray Lake Message Forums DeGray Lake is nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, in an area logically known as the Ouachita Mountain Region of Arkansas. This section of Arkansas is known for its scenic views, which are both breathtaking and the ideal surroundings for a relaxing retreat. Created as a recreational ...
Lake Cumberland
(Kentucky, USA)
200 Lake Cumberland Pictures Lake Cumberland boasts an impressive 50,250 acres and 1,255 miles of winding shoreline at its normal full pool level of 723 feet above sea level. The lake covers parts of Clinton, Laurel, Pulaski, Russell, and Wayne counties in southeastern Kentucky. Lake Cumberland reservoir was created by the ...
Lake Murray
(South Carolina, USA)
200 Lake Murray Pictures The kayak slips quietly through the water, dipping in and out of the finger coves that fringe the lake. The sun is just peeking over the horizon. For a few more hours, she'll have Lake Murray to herself -- almost anyway. It's a fantastic fishing lake, known for trophy-sized striped bass, so the anglers ...
Lake Ouachita
(Arkansas, USA)
200 Lake Ouachita Pictures Also known as: Blakely Mountain Dam Reservoir
Lake Ouachita is completely surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest. It's the largest lake located entirely within the state of Arkansas. More than 200 islands can make your own private camping spot a reality! Explore 40,000+ acres of boating and water recreation, and 975 miles of shoreline. There ...
Norris Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
196 Norris Lake Pictures Also known as: Norris Reservoir
Just 25 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee, Norris Lake is the first reservoir created by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Named for Senator George Norris, author of the legislation that created the TVA, Norris Lake is 129 miles long and surrounded by plenty of secluded coves to explore. Extending ...
Center Hill Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
195 Center Hill Lake Pictures Also known as: Center Hill Reservoir
Center Hill Lake is almost completely surrounded by the beautiful hardwood forested hills of the Tennessee Eastern Highlands. Center Hill Lake has 18,000 acres of boating, fishing and water recreation with over 400 miles of shoreline. It is an outdoor recreation jewel with over 20 boat ramps and seven ...
Badin Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
190 Badin Lake Pictures Badin Lake, a reservoir built in 1917 for hydroelectric power by the Aluminum Company of America, covers 5,350 North Carolina acres with its sparkling clear waters. The lake is part of a Uwharrie Lakes Region, created by the damming up of the Yadkin-Pee Dee River, which also includes High Rock Lake, ...

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