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Here are the 324 lakes we have listed within USA > South - compared by Highest Altitude/Elevation.

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Lake Name Elevation in feet Lake Description
Mountain Lake
(Virginia, USA)
3,875 Mountain Lake Pictures Mountain Lake Message Forums Perched on Salt Pond Mountain in Giles County, Virginia, Mountain Lake is the lake that should not exist. With its amazing geological history and a recreation background stretching back to before the Civil War, Mountain Lake is a fascinating vacation destination. Mountain Lake in the Blue Ridge Highlands ...
Spruce Knob Lake
(West Virginia, USA)
3,840 Spruce Knob Lake Pictures Spruce Knob Lake Message Forums Spruce Knob Lake, in West Virginia's Potomac Highlands, proves that good things come in small packages. Only 23 acres, the little reservoir was created especially for recreation when a dam was built across Narrow Ridge Creek in 1952. Tucked into Monongahela National Forest's nearly 81,000 acres, Spruce ...
Bass Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
3,560 Bass Lake Message Forums Sitting snug amongst rhododendron trees, white pines and the 3,500-acre Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Bass Lake is the picture of both tranquility and nobility. Ducks find their way into the small body of water for a quiet swim, disturbed only by the laughter of children playing in the grass along the ...
Lake Glenville
(North Carolina, USA)
3,492 Lake Glenville Pictures Lake Glenville Message Forums Also known as: Thorpe Reservoir, Glenville Lake
Nestled among the forests and mountain peaks of southwestern North Carolina lies the highest lake east of the Mississippi, Lake Glenville (aka Thorpe Reservoir) at 3,492 feet. Lake Glenville, popular for its unspoiled beauty, sandy beaches, coves, waterfalls and luxurious lakefront properties covers ...
Cliffside Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
3,396 Cliffside Lake Message Forums Surrounded by the breathtaking Nantahala National Forest in the Highlands District of North Carolina, Cliffside Lake is sparkling eight-acre lake in the heart of the Cliffside Lake Recreation Area. The Recreation Area offers fishing, swimming, camping, and in conjunction with the National Forest, numerous ...
Nantahala Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
3,012 Nantahala Lake Pictures Nantahala Lake Message Forums Also known as: Lake Nantahala
Nantahala Lake is one of the most pristine lakes in North Carolina. Located within the Nantahala National Forest at an elevation of 3,012 feet, the 1,605-acre lake is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Nantahala Lake is a large part of the Little Tennessee River Basin, ...
Lake Toxaway
(North Carolina, USA)
3,010 Lake Toxaway Pictures Lake Toxaway Message Forums Tucked away amidst the ancient Appalachian Mountains is the largest private lake in North Carolina - Lake Toxaway. Lake Toxaway, spanning 640 acres, was built in 1902 by a powerful entrepreneur, E. H. Jennings. Jennings, who visited the wild, undeveloped region in 1890 fell in love with the area's ...
Alpine Lake
(West Virginia, USA)
2,800 Alpine Lake Message Forums Nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, Alpine Lake is a private, gated community located near Terra Alta in Preston County, West Virginia. The community surrounds a 148-acre lake fed by springs and mountain streams. Here, property owners and their guests can boat and fish and boat to ...
Cedar Cliff Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
2,198 Cedar Cliff Lake Message Forums Nestled within the dramatic Blue Ridge Mountains, Cedar Cliff Lake is one of North Carolina's most picturesque bodies of water. It is thin and elongated, with a surface area of 121 acres and a shoreline length of 4.5 miles. The lake is located in Jackson County, and features a hydroelectric dam on its ...
Hungry Mother Lake
(Virginia, USA)
2,178 Hungry Mother Lake Pictures Hungry Mother Lake Message Forums Surrounded by mountain vistas, the 108-acre Hungry Mother Lake is the recreational centerpiece of southwestern Virginia's 2,180-acre Hungry Mother State Park, in Smyth County near Marion. Its beach attracts swimmers, sunbathers, picnickers, and volleyball players. Its waters attract anglers, kayakers, ...
Lake Powhatan
(North Carolina, USA)
2,152 Lake Powhatan Pictures Lake Powhatan Message Forums Just outside of Asheville in North Carolina's Mountains region, little Lake Powhatan offers a refreshing change of pace to the city. The reservoir lies completely within the Pisgah National Forest and boasts a popular National Forest campground that is in major demand. The 13-acre lake was created when ...
Beaver Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
2,099 Beaver  Lake Pictures Beaver  Lake Message Forums One of the most-visible lakes in the North Carolina Mountain region is unassuming little Beaver Lake. The small man-made reservoir is only about 65 acres in size-and completely private. Framed by nearby mountains, the lake is entirely owned by the property owners in Lake View Park. That doesn't mean ...
Watauga Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
1,959 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 Santeetlah
(North Carolina, USA)
1,941 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 ...
Lake Chatuge
(Georgia, USA / North Carolina, USA)
1,926 Lake Chatuge Pictures Also known as: Chatuge Lake, Chatuge Reservoir
Beautiful Lake Chatuge (pronounced "sha-toog") spans 7200 acres and two states, stretching 13 miles from Hayesville, North Carolina, to Hiawassee, Georgia. From the Cherokee for "land where the waters meet," Lake Chatuge offers spectacular views of both the Tusquitee Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. ...
Lake Burton
(Georgia, USA)
1,865 Lake Burton Pictures Lake Burton Message Forums Lake Burton is the first and largest reservoir in a series of lakes managed by Georgia Power Company, called the North Georgia Hydro Group. Its 2,775 acres and 62 miles of shoreline are nestled in a deep valley of the Appalachian Mountains providing a multitude of coves and shoreline locations for scenic ...
Claytor Lake
(Virginia, USA)
1,846 Claytor Lake Pictures Claytor Lake is a 4,475 acre impoundment of the New River in southwestern Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands region. Stretching out over 21 miles in Pulaski County, Claytor Lake was created in 1939 by the Appalachian Power Company for hydroelectric power, flood control, and recreation. The lake is named ...
Lake Nottely
(Georgia, USA)
1,776 Also known as: Nottely Reservoir
Lake Nottely is one of the best kept secrets in Georgia. The small mountain lake with deep clear water is just two hours from Atlanta, yet most water enthusiasts have not discovered it. About 70 percent of the shoreline is United States Forest Service lands, making boating the 4,180 acre lake a scenic ...
Lake Seed
(Georgia, USA)
1,752 Lake Seed Message Forums Also known as: Seed Lake, Lake Nacoochee
If you're looking for the perfect spot for a getaway vacation in the Northeast Georgia Mountain region, you need look no farther than Lake Seed. It's all here: beautiful mountain vistas, early frontier history, whitewater adventures and quiet Lake Seed for fishing, watersports and lakefront living. ...
South Holston Lake
(Tennessee, USA / Virginia, USA)
1,718 South Holston Lake Pictures South Holston Lake Message Forums Also known as: South Holston Reservoir
An impoundment of the South Fork Holston River, South Holston Lake is an exceptional place to fish and boat. Straddling the Virginia and Tennessee state line, it's a great place to visit and "A Good Place to Live." Created by the South Holston Dam, South Holston Lake is a project of the Tennessee ...
Fontana Lake
(North Carolina, USA)
1,710 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 ...
Blue Ridge Lake
(Georgia, USA)
1,690 Blue Ridge Lake Message Forums Also known as: Lake Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge Reservoir
Located some 90 miles north of Atlanta and near Blue Ridge, Georgia, Blue Ridge Lake has all the desirable qualities for lovers of outdoor excitement and adventure. Visitors sightseeing down the Georgia Mountain Parkway (southern portion named Zell Miller Mountain Parkway) will pass within a few miles ...
Lake Rabun
(Georgia, USA)
1,690 Lake Rabun Pictures Lake Rabun Message Forums Also known as: Rabun Reservoir
Lake Rabun is an 834-acre serpentine shaped lake created by the Georgia Railway and Power Company (now Georgia Power) in 1915 for water storage and eventual hydroelectric power generation. It is a short, pleasant drive from Clayton, Georgia, northeast of Macon. Recreation is a significant side benefit ...
Summersville Lake
(West Virginia, USA)
1,652 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 Moomaw
(Virginia, USA)
1,582 Lake Moomaw Pictures Lake Moomaw Message Forums Lake Moomaw is located in western Virginia, just north of Covington in the Shenandoah Valley region. It is nearly surrounded by George Washington National Forest, in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains. With its over 2500 surface acres, Lake Moomaw is a year-round outdoor wonderland for visitors seeking ...

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