Recreation in and around Lake Lure

Recreational Opportunities around Lake Lure

The Town of Lake Lure is a great location for all kinds of recreation, including swimming, golfing, hiking, bird watching, bicycling and rock climbing. You can enjoy a wide variety of water activities, ranging from canoeing and fishing to pleasure boating and water skiing. The lake is the number one attraction and the reason so many families visit Lake Lure year after year. Visitors come to enjoy the beach area and mountain range, including Chimney Rock. Below you'll find a list of local attractions and destinations, followed by links to additional resources in the Western North Carolina area.

Lake Lure Inn, Beach & Tours

Chimney Rock State Park

Rumbling Bald Resort

Lake Lure Golf Club

The Lake Lure Adventure Company

 Lake Lure Olympiad

Dirty Dancing Festival

Lure of the Dragons Boat Race

Creekside Mountain Camping

Hitching Post Campground

River Creek Campground

Cedar Creek Riding Stables

Riverside Riding Stables

Foothills Equestrian Nature Center

Camp Lurecrest

Canopy Ridge Farm (Zipline tours)

Rutherford Outdoor Coalition

Rutherford County Tourism

With 27 miles of shoreline, Lake Lure is a small man-made lake surrounded by mountain vistas at every turn, making it as much of a visual delight as it is a great choice for lake- based recreation.

Seasonal opportunities include boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, tubing, wake boarding, water skiing and knee boarding.

There are several options available for access to the lake. You can purchase a daily, weekly, monthly or annual boat permit through the Town of Lake Lure. Launches for boats, kayaks and canoes are located at Washburn Marina and behind the ABC Liquor Store on Memorial Highway. Both of these are walking distance to local restaurants and the Lake Lure Beach and Water Park. Rumbling Bald Resort, at the north end of the lake, provides permitted access at their marina for property owners or visitors who are vacationing there.

Lake Lure is a deep, clear lake with a maximum depth of 104 feet. Both warm and cold-water species of fish inhabit Lake Lure, such as large mouth and small mouth bass, trout, bream/bluegills, crappie, white bass, carp and several species of catfish.

In summer months, gradient layers of progressively colder waters form in the lake, but turn over to a uniform temperature in the winter. An abundance of wildlife enjoy the lake area as much as humans. Wildlife most often seen include whitetail deer, beavers, bobcats, foxes, groundhogs, raccoons, turtles, wild turkey, Canada geese, ducks, coots, shorebirds, and several species of birds of prey such as bald eagles, ospreys, hawks, and Peregrine falcons. A multitude of songbirds and migratory birds serve to make the lake a perfect spot for our many birding enthusiasts.