Nantahala Lake is located in Macon County, North Carolina. The lake is man-made and sits inside the Nantahala National Forest. The Lake is 3,000 feet in elevation and offers to visitors many activities ranging from boating and fishing, to swimming and sightseeing. The lake was created in 1942 by Nantahala Power to provide electricity for war efforts. The lake water is very clear and cool, offering visitors an experience in what fresh mountain water is.
Nantahala lake feeds the Nantahala River with water daily during the kayaking and rafting season. The Nantahala River is usually at a lower level and moves at a slow pace, but when the water is turned on in the mornings the river turns in to one of the most high used rivers for kayaking and rafting in the nation.