Santeetlah Lake, Robbinsville

Lake Santeetlah, part of the Tennessee River watershed, was created in 1928 when Alcoa dammed the Cheoah River as a means of generating hydroelectric power in Graham County, North Carolina. The reservoir is largely surrounded by the Cheoah District of the Nantahala National Forest. During the last decades of the twentieth century non-public lands were developed as scenic residences and vacation homes, most notably in the area now incorporated as the town of Lake Santeetlah.Although the area below the highwater mark continues to be managed by Alcoa, approximately 80% of the surrounding land is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service, which provides swimming, camping, picnicking, fishing and boating facilities. Lake Santeetlah has 76 miles of shore line and is home to a variety of trout, muskie, crappie, and bass. Of special note is the adjoining Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, which was set aside in 1936 as a memorial to poet-soldier Joyce Kilmer, and is perhaps "the most impressive example of original, old growth forest" in the eastern United States.
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  • September 21, 2017
    Serene, easy accessible, and laid back. I plan to go back for another weekend trip soon. Camping is available around the lake.  more »
  • September 5, 2017
    Beautiful! Plan ahead and reserve a pontoon if not bringing a water craft. Saw clean camping sites in various areas  more »
  • September 4, 2017
    So I planned ahead to rent a boat for the weekend that we were at Lake Santeetlah. I went to the website of the Santeetlah Marina and wow! I was blown away by the website and how easy and user friendl...  more »

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