Lakes in North Carolina

If you're a lake enthusiast with a taste for the unique, visit North Carolina for an out-of-this-world experience.

The Carolina Bay Lakes of Bladen Lakes State Forest and Jones State Park in the southeastern portion of the state are true oddities. Their water is so acidic that only the hardiest fish, such as catfish and chain pickerel, survive in them. Their shapes are invariably oval, their shorelines high and sandy. Called "bays" for the shrubs that grow around them, the lakes are really wetland depressions that were probably caused by a meteor storm long ago. Although most are under 500 feet long, there are notable exceptions, such as Jones Lake and Singletary Lake, which are popular fishing, boating and swimming locales. Of course, the Bay Lakes aren't the only cool bodies of water in North Carolina, but they're certainly the most unusual. To see them by car, take the Meteor Lakes Scenic Byway, which begins in Elizabethtown.

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Featured lakes in North Carolina

Kerr Lake

Kerr Lake is a relatively large lake located on the border of North Carolina and Virginia. This lake is popular for fishing and recreation purposes. Activites offered at this lake include camping, boating, sailing, wind surfing, golfing, hunting and fishing.

Lake Norman

Lake Norman is located within half an hours drive north of Charlotte, North Carolina. This lake is a year round destination for golfing, fishing, and other water activities. Various species of fish here include Stripers, Bass, Crappie, Catfish and Bream.

Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie is located on the borders of South Carolina and North Carolina. This lake is an ideal destination spot for boating, fishing, water skiing and sailing.


Popular North Carolina lakes

Apalachia Lake
Belews Lake
Blewett Falls Lake
Chatuge Lake
Hyco Lake
Kerr Lake
Lake Benson
Lake Benson
Lake Ellis Simon
Lake Glenville
Lake James
Lake Lure
Lake Mattamuskeet
Lake Norman
Lake Sutton
Lake Townsend
Lake Wylie
Lake Wheeler
Little Singletary Lake
Mayo Reservoir
Nantahala Lake
New Lake
Phelps Lake
Pungo Lake
Quaker Neck Lake
Rhodhiss Lake
Roanoke Rapids Lake
Santeetlah Lake


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