Winter 2020

Lake Level Updates

February 14, 2020


Lake Lure will reach approximately 6” inches below full pond by Monday, February 17, 2020. The Town of Lake Lure, NC plans to maintain the Lake at approximately 6” inch below full pond until we see how rain is received next week.  For additional information check out Lake Levels.  






Rumble 2020


The 6th Annual Bouldering and Roped Climbing Competition is back in 2020.  The Carolina Climbing Competition is coordinating the event at Rumbling Bald.

Special thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible: 

Title Sponsor: Climbmax Climbing

Gold Sponsors: Rumbling Bald Resort, Second Gear, REI Asheville

Silver Sponsors: Town of Lake Lure, On the Road and Off, Black Diamond, Metolius, Unparallel, BlueWater Ropes, Organic Climbing

Bronze Sponsors: Coastal Climbing, Petzl, Rab, Scarpa, Whitewater Center, American Alpine Club Atlanta, Legion Brewery, Rockoon Climbing, Inner Peaks, Urban Escape Vehicles, Mast General Store, The Hub, Misty Mountain Threadworks, Clutch Climbing, Butora, Onsight Resoles, Whistlehop Brewery, DJ Seppe March, So Ill, The Riveter, Millsaps Creative, The Climbing Zine

Supporting: Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team, Lake Lure Fire and Rescue, Lake Lure Parks and Rec, Chimney Rock Management, Chimney Rock State Park

When:February 14th, 2020 5:00 PM   through   February 16th, 2020 6:00 PM
Location: 2932 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC 28746



Lure Rock

Enjoy the latest Lure Rock Comic Strip by the Town's Administrative Specialist Sha'Linda Pruitt. 




Dam Cove Reopens


The Safety Boom in Dam Cove has been reinstalled.  The Cove is now open.  Please use caution in this area and do not cross over the boom.




HGTV Home Town Takeover Contest Update

Check Out Our HGTV Video Entry!


Recently we shared that Town of Lake Lure partnered with Chimney Rock Village to enter HGTV’s Home Town Take Over Contest.  This contest is HGTV’s "BIGGEST Renovation Project EVER – A takeover to makeover an ENTIRE town.”  Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village are one of many who entered the contest from across the country.  We realize winning would be a long shot but it was a great opportunity to come together in support of enhancing our community.  If we are not selected, perhaps others may be interested in supporting these enhancements in the future. We worked with Destination by Design to create a video which was supported by the Town of Lake Lure, Chimney Rock Village, the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge and the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority. Please take a moment and watch this short Video on Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village.




Refilling Lake Lure

February 10, 2020

As planned,  the Town will begin filling Lake Lure on Monday, 2/10/20.  The timeline for filling the Lake back to full pond will depend upon the amount of rain received over the next several days. Though it was difficult to have the lake down since December 2019, please take a moment to read about all the work that was completed during this time.

1. Penstock Rehabilitation: The Town conducted a full structural rehabilitation of the penstock, which is the enclosed pipe that delivers water to the hydro-electric plant turbines.  The purpose of this project was to  rehabilitate this valuable asset and restore its service life to over 50 years.  

2. Infrared Thermography Conducted: Infrared thermography is applied for dam surface monitoring. The infrared thermal imager is a nondestructive testing method for determining internal material changes by examining surface changes in radiation temperature. No issues were found.

3. Breaker Testing: All manufacturer recommended testing was conducted on our medium voltage breakers.  No issues were found.

4. Butterfly Valve Rehabilitation: The butterfly valves help ensure safe operation of the generators. The interior components of the butterfly valves have been repaired.  Both butterfly valves were cycled completely and found to be functional.  Both baffles were blasted and coated with an epoxy coating.       

5. Gear Adjustments Made: Adjustments were made to gearing for the large valve and both bypass valves were installed.

6. Intake Structure Repaired: The Dam’s intake structure has been inspected and a small leak was repaired.  The intake can seals and seat all looked good. These seals were replaced about 5 years ago.

7. Tainter Gates Inspected and Strengthened: An inspection was made of the Tainter gates on the Dam.  The Tainter gate is a type of radial arm floodgate used in dams to control water flow.  New lift cables were installed on all 3 gates.

8. Hydro-electric Plant Generator Repaired: The lower bearing in the large generator was replaced.  An overspeed test was conducted on this generator.  No issues were identified.   

9. Intake Drum Gate Hoist Replacement: The new hoist was ordered and the replacement will be completed in March after the Lake is full , a requirement for this work to be completed.

10. Sewer System Repair: A sewer system valve was installed while the Lake levels were down and it is now fully operational. 

We thank the community at large for your support as these important repairs were completed.




Safety First - Temporary Trail Closure Due to Rain

February 10. 2020


Buffalo Creek Park, including Buffalo Creek Park Loop Trail, and the award winning Weed Patch Mountain Trail will remain temporarily closed until further notice based on forecasts for continued rain over the next few days.  The trails will be assessed and updates will be posted as soon as the trails reopen. 

We close these areas for the safety of those who use the trails and for the protection of our trail tread.  Your ongoing respect and consideration in helping us protect the trails is greatly appreciated.  




Simply Magical!

It was a a stunning weekend in Lake Lure, NC.

Enjoy these exquisite photographs by the very talented Michelle Schwartz, Divine Landscapes by Michele Schwartz  





February 8, 2020


The snow in Lake Lure is gorgeous but it can cause slick roads. Please be careful and use caution if you have to be out in the weather. Stay warm and enjoy the beauty of nature that surrounds us.

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What a Difference a Day Makes

February 7, 2020 


The Town's Emergency Preparedness Team met in the morning of 2/7/20 to assess the impact of the storm event. The Mayor terminated the State of Emergency.

  • Our community received approximately 5 inches of rain in a 48 hour period. 
  • We are pleased to report that there were no major incidents throughout the storm event though our Fire Department and Emergency Management Team made several weather related rescues. 
  • Dam Operators worked 24 hours a day to monitor Lake Levels closely.  
  • We were fortunate that the Lake had already been lowered for maintenance and repairs. 
  • The Town did not release more water than the Lake received during this storm. 




Emergency Preparedness Update

February 6, 2020 at 9:00 pm

As the rains continue, the Town of Lake Lure, NC is using precautions not to release more water than is received from the ongoing storm event. 

The Lake Lure Dam Operators are working 24 hours a day to monitor Lake levels and the release of water. 

Please use caution near rivers or streams. Be safe and call 911 for any emergencies. Register for the Town’s Emergency Notification System Everbridge. 




Emergency Preparedness Update

February 6, 2020 at 11:00 am  

The Town of Lake Lure’s Emergency Preparedness Plan has been activated and a State of Emergency has been declared. The Town’s Flood Sirens were sounded and the Town sent out a notification from Everbridge early this morning regarding flood warnings in the area. 

·  The Town is using precautions not to release more water than is received from the storm event.

·   For Emergencies Call 911.

·   As additional information becomes available it will be posted on the Town of Lake Lure Website under Town News and on the Town’s Facebook Page.

The Lake Lure Emergency Preparedness Team is closely monitoring lake levels, dam operations, power outages and road closures.  Consulting engineers are on call  to provide ongoing guidance as needed.

Though “State of Emergency” may sound ominous, the impact it has on citizens is anything but threatening. A State of Emergency, according to state law, can be declared during a situation or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury or loss of life or property, resulting from a natural or man-made cause.  Declaring a State of Emergency means the following:

·  Enables government officials to take extra measures to protect the public

·  Triggers anti-price gouging laws

·   Enables Town to seek state or federal funding aid for disaster response if it is warranted

EVERBRIDGE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM: If you have not registered for Everbridge please REGISTER NOW

For Further Information: Shannon Baldwin, Town Manager, 828-625-9983




Lake Lure’s Dam Cove Temporarily Closed

2/6/20 at 12:00 pm  


Please note that Lake Lure’s Dam Cove will be closed for 48 hours from 2/6/20 – 2/8/20. The cove is being closed as the safety boom has become dislocated as a result of the storm.   The boom will be reinstalled as soon as possible.




Flood Warnings 2/6/20

There are flood warnings in the area in the Town of Lake Lure, NC.

Use caution, especially near rivers and streams. Dial 911 for all emergencies.

Please be safe!





Safety First - Temporary Trail Closure Due to Rain


Buffalo Creek Park, including Buffalo Creek Park Loop Trail, and the award winning Weed Patch Mountain Trail will be closed effective Thursday, 2/6/20 - Sunday, 2/9/20 based on forecasts for excessive rains over the next few days.  The trails will be assessed after the weekend and updates will be posted as soon as the trails reopen. 

We close these areas for the safety of those who use the trails and for the protection of our trail tread.  Your ongoing respect and consideration in helping us protect the trails is greatly appreciated.  



HGTV Home Town Takeover Contest

HGTV is preparing for its "BIGGEST Renovation Project EVER – A takeover to makeover an ENTIRE town,” as stated on the contest website. The new show will showcase one community who enters for a makeover — and it could possibly be the Lake Lure/Chimney Rock Community!

Ben and Erin Napier of the HGTV series “Home Town” want to share their makeover skills with a well-deserving town, to help “revitalize the place you call home.”

Lake Lure Mayor Carol Pritchett and Chimney Rock Village Mayor Peter O'Leary came together with the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority to pitch a combined community project to further unite the two towns.

Mayor Pritchett commented that “One of the objectives of the HGTV Home Town Takeover opportunity is to identify a Main Street that needs a makeover and potentially some store fronts or homes that need renovation.   Chimney Rock Village and Lake Lure are two small towns but we are really one community and we share a Main Street.  We are partnering together to continue to strengthen our sense of community and this project may help us work toward this goal.  Our HGTV submission focusses on enhancing our Main Street by developing a walkway from Chimney Rock Village with a Riverwalk addition that connects to the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.  The walkway would extend down through Morse Park and connect to the new Marina and Boardwalk, down to the Lake Lure Beach and Pool Creek Park.  Though there are already walkways in some of these areas, this project would seek to provide further unity to our community through landscaping and lighting.  Further development of our planned outdoor amphitheater in Morse Park would be a nice addition to this project..  We hope to be considered for this project, but if not, we will continue to look for opportunities to fund these valuable enhancements to our community through grants and other mechanism.”

Interviews were conducted quickly to meet the short deadline for the contest.  Each Town was able to incorporate 4 interviews and a short video is being produced to highlight the area between Chimney Rock Village all the way down to Pool Creek Park in Lake Lure.  Destination by Design is producing the video and working closely with the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority and the community to complete the application. As was noted earlier, if this project is not selected, the plan is to pursue grants and other funding sources to support this project. 

Photographed from left to right below: Lake Lure Mayor Carol Pritchett interviewed in front of the Lake Lure Town Hall, Lake Lure Parks and Recreation Board Chair Jim Walters interviewed in Morse Park front of the future Lake Lure Amphitheater, Lake Lure Town Manager Shannon Baldwin interviewed in front of the Lake Lure Beach and Boardwalk,and Tom Keever, Executive Director, Lake Lure Classical Academy interviewed in front of Lake Lure Classical Academy.  


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Please click here for a summary of the dam’s history, present day realities, and findings of the exhaustive analysis that has been recently conducted. 

This report also includes the next steps Town Council is taking to ensure the dam meets current day standards.   

Regular updates are provided in Town Council Meetings.






The Lake Lure Dam Bridge is owned by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The Town of Lake Lure requested a copy of the latest safety inspection report from NCDOT. 

Please click here to read this report.

Town leaders are working to ensure a coordinated effort is made as NCDOT considers future options for renovating/replacing the bridge.




Town News From Previous Months

January 2020 Town News

December 2019 Town News

November 2019 Town News

October 2019 Town News

September 2019 Town News