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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  • I have been to this lake several times for a one day outing with a picnic. The lake water is clear and cold and beautiful forrest surrounds the beach at the picnic area. They have a covered pavillion ...  more »
  • Our family had a wonderful afternoon together canoeing and using Stand Up Paddelboards on the lake! It seemed we almost had the lake to ourselves. Very quiet and tranquil. Lots of bird watching.  more »
  • It was still warm enough to swim! Had a great time on a pontoon boat just relaxing and going around the lake. Great views of the mountains surrounding the lake. Will definitely be back!  more »
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  • Gorgeous views, good camping on the lake, not busy, easily accessible from Atlanta and Chattanooga areas
  • Beautiful lake. Free camping on the north side on Pine Ridge Rd. Twelve sites available on national forest land. Sites are spread out and set up mainly for tents but sites P10-P12 will accommodate the largest RV. Picnic tables, fire rings, grills, tent pads and one clean vault toilet by P10. Sites are spread out for privacy. You do hear road noise from Hwy 129 but it's not bad. Quiets down at night. Type in 400 Pine Ridge Rd, Robbinsville, NC will take you to site P1. Robbinsville about six miles away with most amenities.
  • Beautiful moutain lake been visiting for many years
  • It's so beautiful
  • Beautiful and relaxing

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