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Lake Lure is a well-known destination for thousands of visitors each year from around this country, Canada, and abroad. Located in western North Carolina in Rutherford County, the town sits in the heart of Hickory Nut Gorge, just 24 miles east of Asheville and 1200 feet above sea level. The Rocky Broad River winds its way through a series of rapids down through Hickory Nut Gorge, and the crystal clear water flows through the valley that feeds Lake Lure.
The lake is the number one attraction and the reason so many families visit Lake Lure year after year. National Geographic has called Lake Lure one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world. Visitors come to enjoy the 720 acres of lake and 20.5 miles of shoreline, sparkling clean beach area, and the incredible Blue Ridge mountain range including Chimney Rock.
The idea of a resort community in western North Carolina was the vision of Dr. Lucius B. Morse, who solicited the financial backing of his brothers to purchase 400 acres around Chimney Rock in 1902 to create Chimney Rock Park. Additional acreage was acquired over the next several years to bring the total to 8,000 acres. Dr. Morse conceived the idea of building a dam on the Rocky Broad River to create a lake and a year-round resort. The dam was completed in September 1926, forming the lake which was named Lake Lure by Dr. Morse’s wife, Elizabeth Parkinson.
Today, the Town of Lake Lure is a beautiful place to visit and a wonderful place to live; it is the home of over 1,050 permanent residents; median age equals 58.6 years. The Town of Lake Lure encompasses 13.25 square miles including the 720 acre lake with a large central body of deep water, three long bays, an island of seven acres and many small bays and inlets consisting of 20.5 miles of shoreline, a public sparkling clean sandy beach area, public Marina, and the incredible Blue Ridge mountain range including Chimney Rock in a picturesque background of forest clad hills and mountains.
The climate is
unusually temperate as Lake Lure lies in the “thermal belt” of the western
North Carolina mountains and foothills. Winters are brief and offer some
snow, but the triad of spring-summer-fall is glorious and long, with warm
spring and fall temperatures, and cool summer nights. Average summer
time daytime temperatures are in the 70's-80's.
The Town of Lake Lure was incorporated in 1927. The Town of Lake Lure is a great location for sports including swimming, golfing, hiking or serious rock climbing. You can enjoy a wide variety of water activities, ranging from canoeing and fishing to pleasure boating and water skiing. Both motor and non-motorized boats enjoy the lake; however, a lake permit is required to place a private boat on the lake, offering a fisherman's paradise of Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass, Crappie, White Bass, Catfish, Bluegill and Sun-perch from the Lake Lure itself and all the way up the river through the rapids.
With regard to Lake Lure, the trustee is the Town of Lake Lure and the primary asset of the trust is the lake itself. The obligation of the town to protect Lake Lure is no different from the obligation of the state to protect state trust resources. Lake Lure is held in trust by the Town of Lake Lure for the benefit of the citizens of Lake Lure.
Lake front private housing developments, Gated Communities, and luxury residences completely surround the lake, whereas new residential projects find themselves overlooking the lake offering dramatic picturesque views that will take your breath away. There's something for everyone here. Private, meticulously clean and well designed and crafted. Call me for more details.
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Other Nearby CommunitiesAsheville, Bat Cave, Gerton, Edneyville, and Bill’s Creek.
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