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       Chatuge Lake was created in 1942 when the Tennessee Valley Authority constructed a dam across the Hiwassee River. The lake has over 133 miles of shoreline, is over 7,200 acres in size and is in both North Carolina and Georgia. Chatuge Dam is 144 feet high and stretches 2,850 feet across the Hiwassee River. Chatuge was originally built to store water to help prevent flooding downstream. A single hydropower generating unit was added in 1954.
      The Weir, just north of the dam, offers picnic tables and a launch for canoes and tubes for a trip on the Hiawassee River to a take out area near Fires Creek Wildlife Management Area. Call the Tennessee Valley Authority for information regarding water conditions and release schedules at 828-837-7395.
     There are three public boat ramps accessible from North Carolina: Jackrabbitt Mountain Campground off Highway 175, Ledford Chapel Wildlife Access Ramp on Highway 64, and Gibson Cove Campground, on Myers Chapel Road. Contact the Clay Country Chamber of Commerce office at 828-389-3704 for more information.
      Clay County operates two campgrounds on the lake with spaces available for tents and campers. Call 828-389-3532 evenings. Both have: public swimming areas with a sandy beach, BBQ grills and picnic tables. Other amenities include a boat launch, playground, ball park, pavilions and showers.

Location: Near Hayesville, NC
Distance: From Asheville allow 2 -21/2 hours
Address: Chatuge Lake NC 28904
Resources: Clay County Chamber of Commerce 388 Business Highway 64, Hayesville NC 28904;
                  Tennessee Valley Authority/Lake Hiwassee, 221 Old Ranger Road, Murphy NC 28906;
                  Nantahala National Forest, Cheoah Ranger District Office, 828-479-6431
                  Chatuge Cove Marina, 2397 Highway 175, Hayesville NC 28904; 828-389-6155
Nearby: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Nantahala National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Directions: From Asheville take I-40 West towards Knoxville. Take Exit 27 to merge into US Highway 74/19 West towards to Waynesville/Murphy. In approximately 25 miles take Exit 81 to merge onto US 23/441 towards Franklin/Dillsboro. Continue on Murphy Highway/US 64 and after approximately 28 miles take sharp left onto Highway 175. This will take you to the lake in the Hayesville area.






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