• River: Nantahala River
• Length: 42 Miles
• Surface Area: 1,605 Acres
• Volume: 137,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 91 Square Miles
Nantahala Lake is located in Macon County, North Carolina in the western part of the state. The lake is regulated and maintained by Duke Power and is a major source of hydroelectric power to the region. Nantahala is located at 3,000 feet in the Nantahala National Forest. The lake was created in 1942 by Nantahala Power to provide electricity for war efforts. With 42 miles of shoreline, the lake offers recreational opportunities at Nantahala that include swimming, boating, skiing, and many other activities.