The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

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Lakes in Western North Carolina    Whitewater Rafting

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Boating in Western North Carolina

Western North Carolina is an area blessed with many lakes, the vast majority of them man-made, with most having public boating access. The larger lakes generally are in the far western part of the state, with Lake Lure, southeast of Asheville and Lake James, east of Asheville, exceptions. If Whitewater Rafting of interest to you, visit my section on that popular mountain activity. 

Boat Rides & Tours
Bryson City: Paddlefish Kayaking, Inc: Calm water lake kayaking on Lake Fontana, PO Box 2696, Bryson City NC 28713, 828-488-8797.
Bryson City: Smoky Mountain Jet Boats: 12-passenger jet boat rides on Lake Fontana. 22 Needmore Road, Bryson City NC 28713, 828-488-0522.
Fontana Dam: Fontana Village Marina: Pontoon boat trips on Fontana Lake. Highway 28 North, Fontana Dam NC 28733, 828-498-2211, 800-849-2258.
Lake Lure: Lake Lure Tours: Covered pontoon boat trips on Lake Lure. 2930 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure NC 28746, 828-625-1373.


Boating Associations, Clubs & Resources
Asheville Rowing Club: Non-profit athletic and social organization dedicated to promoting health, fitness and fun through the sport of rowing. Has boathouse on Lake Julian. Asheville Rowing Club, PO Box 861, Asheville NC 28802.
Asheville Youth Rowing Association: Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing among teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18.
North Carolina Boating Law Basics: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, 1701 Mail Services Center, Raleigh NC 27699..
North Carolina Online Boating Safety Course and Exam: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh NC 27606, 919-707-0010.
Western Carolina Paddlers: Asheville based canoe, kayak and rafting club.

Wild & Furry Animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, by Lee James Pantas

Outfitters, Marinas & Boat Dealers
Asheville: Diamond Brand Outdoors: 2623 Hendersonville Road, Arden NC 28704, 828-684-6262.
Bryson City (Fontana Lake): Alarka Boat Dock: 7230 Grassy Branch Road, Bryson City NC 28713, 828-488-3841.
Fontana Dam (Fontana Lake): Fontana Village Marina: Highway 28 North, Fontana Dam NC 28733, 828-498-2211, 800-849-2258.
Hayesville (Lake Chatuge): Chatuge Cove Marina: 2397 Highway 175, Hayesville NC 28904.
Hendersonville: Todd's RV and Marine: 2918 North Rugby Road, Hendersonville NC 28791, 828-651-0007.
Hendersonville: Driftwood Marine LLC: 3400 Chimney Road Road, Hendersonville NC 28792, 828-685-1313.
Lake Lure (Lake Lure): Lake Lure Town Marina: 2975 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure NC 28746, 828-625-1373.
Murphy (Lake Hiwassee): Mountain View Marina: 200 Dean Aldrich Drive, Murphy NC 28906, 828-644-5451.
Nebo (Lake James): Bear Creek Marina: 608 Marina Drive, Nebo NC 28761, 828-655-1400.
Nebo (Lake James): Mountain Harbour Marina: 9066 Highway 126, Nebo NC 28761, 828-584-0666.
Robbinsville (Lake Santeetlah): Santeetlah Marina: 1 Marina Drive, Robbinsville NC 28711, 828-479-8180.

West Jefferson: Mountain Outfitters: Boating outfitters in the West Jefferson area. 102 South Jefferson Avenue, West Jefferson NC 28694. 336-246-9133.


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