Lake Glenville

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Lake Glenville
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This 1,462-acre lake offers motorboating, sailing, swimming, canoeing, fishing, skiing, and sunbathing.
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Julie G
Raleigh, NC78 contributions
The lake is pretty, and in a scenic area. We read reviews that said it was good for kayaking, so we gave it a try. (There are several nearby lakes that are also good, our favorite being Wolf Creek Lake). It was good enough, but not great. Kayaking, in my opinion, is best when it’s peaceful, and this lake has quite a lot of boat traffic. However, it was still pretty good. There’s a place to put in your kayaks (we have our own) with a not-hopeless bathroom. I think there’s also a place to rent kayaks. We had two pleasant days on the lake.
There’s a TINY swim beach with a little sand and adequate parking. It was good for a cool off swim, and since the barriers have been un-attached, you can float or swim out into deeper water to escape the kids. The water is too warm, but better if you go out further. The water seems pretty clean. The bathrooms are the worst I have seen anywhere in this country! Filthy, with poop all over, just reeking, no toilet paper, lots of insect life. Useless and unhealthy.
Written August 22, 2021
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EliK97
Cincinnati, OH1 contribution
Family
Lake Glenville is a peaceful mountain retreat, enticing its visitors to relax in the soothing mountain air. The lake lies just north of Highlands and Cashiers, which are great, mountain towns filled with welcoming people. Highlands and Cashiers are excellent places to shop and eat, and are only a short drive from the lake. Renting a lakeside cabin is stress-free thanks to great rental services in both of these towns. If you do not wish to rent a cabin, Ralph J. Andrews Park provides an excellent campsite right on the lake. When interested in renting a boat or other water sports equipment, I recommend going to Signal Ridge Marina. They have a wide variety of boats and any of the other equipment necessary for you to enjoy tubing, skiing and wakeboarding on the lake. I would highly recommend renting a towable water tube along with a boat for a quick thrill that anyone can experience. When boating on the lake, you can expect the water to be very smooth, unless you are visiting the lake on a major holiday. Other than boating, tubing, skiing and wakeboarding the main activity on the lake is fishing. Lake Glenville is known for its plentiful largemouth and smallmouth bass, but also has a wide variety of other fish. One of the most interesting aspects about Lake Glenville is that it is located in a temperate rainforest. This means that it is beautifully green and rains a lot on the lake. If you are visiting in the summer, expect to see rain just about everyday; but, only for an hour or so in the late afternoon. This rain provides for the lush greenery and beautiful waterfalls that line the edge of the lake. Tall trees, green fluffy moss, and huge rhododendron surround the lake, and provide homes for many different types of animals. Everything from darting Kingfishers, to squirming salamanders is seen around the lake. Lake Glenville has a total of 3 waterfalls, which feed the lake and are popular attractions for boaters. Another beneficial characteristic of the lake is its elevation. Lake Glenville is the highest lake east of the Mississippi, which allows for very little to no pollution to enter the lake. This is why the air around the lake is so crisp and cool, and the water is so clean and clear. When you are on the lake, I recommend that you just close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let the mountain life embrace you. With its beautiful greenery and spectacular waterfalls, Lake Glenville is the perfect place to just sit back and relax. In conclusion, I would highly recommend that you visit Lake Glenville, and I guarantee that you will enjoy your stay.
Written February 17, 2014
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arrowmont
Cashiers NC1 contribution
This lake is the highest lake east of the Mississippi River. The altitude is over 3400 feet. The water quality is excellent. A great destination for boating, skiing, fishing, picnics and general peace and tranquility. Jackson County has a campground right on the lake for you outdoor folks. It's called Ralph Andrews Park.

There are over 27 miles of shoreline and from the dam of the lake you have a terrific view of the Blue Ridge mountains.

This lake was built in 1938 as part of the TVA project to provide electricity for rural areas. It was a well kept secret for many years. Now it's surrounded with beautiful summer homes. But the public has access via boat ramps provided by the county.

If you enjoy the water, it's definitely worth coming to. You don't have to bring your boat as there are marinas here where you can rent them. Signal Ridge Marina and Mountain View Marine can help you out. There's also a horseback riding stables nearby called Arrowmont Stables.
Written September 18, 2009
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M-LT1980
Tennessee Ridge, TN73 contributions
I'm not sure who's in charge of keeping the public area up, but the bathrooms need serious help! We went on a rainy day and no one was using the area; however, the bathrooms were filthy. We could smell them before we got to them, but when we opened the doors they were so bad flies were swarming. Needless to say we did not enter!
Written August 16, 2020
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Patricia Wiles
Asheville, N.C.58 contributions
The Good: The lake, as stated, is very beautiful

The Bad: It would be an excellent idea not to have to utilize the bathroom. While present, they are very poorly attended. Actually, to use the word "attended" is likely not a good choice. Unless you can hold your breath for the period of time required to empty your bladder, I think it likely you'll pass. Further, the flies are legion both in the sink, on the walls and the actual toilet area appeared, hands down, to be their very favorite location.

In this age of pandemic, not one single mask was to be seen in this area of Cashiers. Not one single one.

The lake is virtually inaccessible unless you are staying at a home on the lake which provides access or you have a boat to drop in the water or are prepared to rent one. There is NO walking area around the Lake. There is a small beach area (less than 100') Again, no masks. Should you plan to try and go there it is apart from the lake in a place called The Pines.

It is clear that Lake Glenville is not meant to be found even with Google directions on board. If we hadn't found a postman, we would have never found the lake. There is ABSOLUTELY NO SIGNAGE. I am not sure of the reason for that.
Written July 23, 2020
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Brian D
Winston Salem, NC17 contributions
Family
Could be great but way, way, way overdeveloped and overcrowded. It's very small to begin with and there are very few places that aren't privately owned to beach the boat. And the beaches that aren't privately owned have uncleared fallen trees. Even the waterfalls (the best part about the lake IMO) have houses right smack next to them.

To be fair, we were there on Labor day weekend and Sunday was very crowded. But, even on Monday after most of the crowd cleared out, the swells from the boat wakes on such a narrow lake made for rough conditions. I've experienced calmer water on the ocean. LOL. And, I'd estimate about 3/4 of the boaters there either didn't know or didn't care about boating etiquette. There's no way I'd let my kids tube here but about 1/2 the boats were doing it.

I'm glad we got to see and experience it but it's not a lake I'd visit twice.
Written September 7, 2017
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RickCreel
Cashiers, NC91 contributions
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This is about 1,400 acre lake at 3500 ft. elevation. This lake has 3 waterfalls, accessed by boat, that empty into the lake. Duke Power owns the lake and is currently building a beach, our first ever at the lake. They've also installed new restrooms at both public boat ramps and at the beach. Just across from the parking at "The Pines Recreation Area" (where the new beach is located) is a trail that goes below the dam to High Falls. A strenuous hike, but worth the effort. The lake is great for fishing, boating, skiing/wake boarding, etc. The sandy shores make this a great place for boating because you don't have the typical clay/mud as on most of the mountain lakes. Diving is not good as there is nothing in the lake. Visibility is about 20' on good days. This is a beautiful lake to just drive around. If you need a boat, there are plenty of rentals. This is somewhat remote, so don't expect to find a Wal-Mart or Applebee's nearby. However, the towns of Cashiers and Highlands have plenty of good places to eat. Ingles grocery is about 7 miles away for picnic items. Hattler Properties, on the lake, has many home and cabin rentals around the lake and nearby. There are tons of trails and many more waterfalls for hiking and exploring. Advanced to Expert Kayaking is available below the dam. Check on water releases from Duke Power or contact Rick at Hattler Properties. This is an outdoorsman paradise. It would be difficult to find something better.
Written October 28, 2014
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Lois P
Candler, NC2,081 contributions
This lake located between Cashiers and Cullowhee in Jackson County is very beautiful and has three public access areas on the north shore of the lake. It's a bit tricky to get to them, so watch your map or google map carefully. All three public access areas have boat ramps. Two have very nice fishing piers. The lake is well stocked and is a great place to fish.
Written May 14, 2017
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RickCreel
Cashiers, NC91 contributions
I've already written a more, in depth review. However, as an update, the beach has been completed now. The new facilities are great. The bathrooms are the "storage" type, so nothing fancy. However, the beach is great for all ages. The depth of the swimming area is typically around 6 feet at the ropes during the summer months. You should also check out the waterfall on the opposite side of the road. It is a somewhat strenuous hike in that it's all downhill from the parking lot. Remember, what goes down must come up (or something like that). The waterfall is worth the hike. The lake itself is worth renting a boat or jet ski, if you don't already have one. There are homes for sale and rent around the lake, as well as marina's that do have rental equipment. We actually have maps of the lake available at our Brokerage firm. There are 3 waterfalls that empty into the lake. It is "cool" water, but feels so great in the summer. I have actually been water skiing in November, with a full wet-suit. Holiday weekends are crowded. 4th of July has fireworks over the lake. Sometimes the date may not be exactly on the 4th as they try to make it happen near a weekend. If weather looks bad they may adjust accordingly. Duke Power usually releases water over the spillway about 4 times per year. You can look it up on Dukes website. This makes the falls SPECTACULAR!!! It also allows kayaking for advanced to expert levels only!
Written June 6, 2016
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LizB1171944
Hilton Head, SC11 contributions
Couples
We rented a pontoon boat from Lake Shore Marina, right on 107 as you first see the lake. $90 for two hours...Great Boat, fabulous friendly people running the small outfit. Took olyi two hours to tour the entire lake, saw 3 fabulous waterfalls. (Listed on the map given to us at the marina)
Lake Shore Marina and Sea-do Rental 828 743 9998
Written July 14, 2018
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