Lake Glenville
Lake Glenville
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This 1,462-acre lake offers motorboating, sailing, swimming, canoeing, fishing, skiing, and sunbathing.
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M-LT1980
Tennessee Ridge, TN72 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
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.56 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
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
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • 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, NC85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
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, NC2,035 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
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, NC85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • 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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SallyD123
Columbia, SC29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
We had a ball kayaking around the lake. Parked at the dam (really nice dock and beach area!) and kayaked down to the Baptist church. About 8 miles round trip. Next day we put in by the baptist church and kayaked to Hurricane falls. Falls at the very beginning of the lake. Accessible only by boat. Lucky man who lives right next door! About four miles round trip. Easy day.
Beautiful waterfall at the bottom of a trail across from public access at dam. Kind of tricky but well worth the time and energy!
Written October 1, 2016
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John B
Brevard, NC7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It is a big lake with great views of the waterfalls. It is unfortunate that developers are overtaking the shore line and making access to those with less than six figure incomes increasingly more difficult.
Written October 1, 2012
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stratman63021
Ballwin, MO22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Simply one of the most picturesque lakes we've ever seen. Some small towns on and near the lake that are charming and worth the time. If I was going to live on a lake, Lake Glenville would be a serious contender plus some good hiking trails nearby.
Written November 28, 2019
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