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Old 07-13-2010, 02:05 PM
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My family is headed up to North Carolina on July 30th. We are renting a cabin right on Lake Nantahala. Since we will be directly on the lake, I've decided to drag my boat up there to do a little fishing, water-skiing, and sight-seeing.

I've never been to Lake Nantahala. Would anyone like to share a few pointers? Like what's biting in July and what kind of bait to use. Any do's or don'ts on the Lake? Also what is the water temperature like in late July?

Thanks in advance!
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Nantahala Outdoors is a great rafting outfit near there. Fun way to spend a few hours. They have a fly shop on the grounds as well. Perhaps call there and ask them, they know the area well. Eat at "Butts on the Creek" in Maggie Valley for great BBQ. Have fun escaping the Florida heat
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I have been to the ramp up above the river a few miles. The water is very clear. I have never been on the lake before. They have a pretty good restaurant there at the river take out (whitewater) and a nice outfitter store. Post some pictures and let us know..........check out your trailer tires before you go!!!

You may talk the folks your are renting from or call the Nantahala Outdoor Center

http://www.noc.com/
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I will say the water temperatures in the white water river are very very cold. Almost numbing cold. The water in the river is turned off and on daily for electricity and recreation. It is fed through a pinstock which gets it water from where you are going, Nantahala Lake. The water is drawn from the bottom of the lake. I bet the lake water temps are a bit chilly but would get use to it once you get in. Have Fun
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Thanks for the pointers so far.

Last night I went through the trailer to make sure all the lights worked. I had to replace the two tail lights. All the other marker lights I just had to clean the ground.

Next step is to get two new trailer tires and check hubs.
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I suggest parking the boat for a few hours and renting single ducky kayaks and shoot the river. Its fun, the whole family can do it except the little folks, and its more fun than rafts. Another place which is just a couple miles away is Deep Creek in Bryson City. They have a tubing center there. That is another fun time. Deep creek has a upper and lower tubing section. The upper section is a little rougher with a nice drop off a small rock/waterfall. Its a fun time. You can google it for more info.

You might call the folks your renting from to see if the Lake requires a permit. Some lakes up in NC, like Lake Lure require a special sticker. Not sure about Nanty, but either way you should be able to purchase there. Check first, the wildlife officers love writing tickets for that stuff.

Also if fishing, check to see what type trout waters they are. May be single hook only, catch and release only, wild, size limits, no limits. NC Trout regulations are very strict and changes from stream to stream, lake to lake. Some lakes/streams you can use digestible bait others you cannot. Each area has a little triangle type sign posted on trees that indicate which type Trout fishing. Very complex regulations for Trout. Here is the link

http://www.ncwildlife.org/
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Pictures of the ramps on Nantahala Lake



http://www.ncwildlife.org/Boating_Wa...Choga-Road.jpg

http://www.ncwildlife.org/Boating_Wa...cky-Branch.jpg
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Originally Posted by Elizabeth Reed View Post
Excellent. Again thank you for all the info. And also thanks for posting the thread on trailer tires. Now I know which ones to get.
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I suggest ditching the boats altogether at least one day and taking your trout setup (waders, small spinner) to Big Snowbird Creek and maybe over to Buffalo Creek for some stocked water action!!! You can also run up the Nantahala to the delayed harvest area that is fully open right now...if for no other reason than to see one of the most beautiful stretches of streams in the country....

I go there twice a year and it is always special. Have a great time! Lynn's in Robbinsville has some pretty good home-cooking.
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Originally Posted by FloataBoat View Post
My family is headed up to North Carolina on July 30th. We are renting a cabin right on Lake Nantahala. Since we will be directly on the lake, I've decided to drag my boat up there to do a little fishing, water-skiing, and sight-seeing.

I've never been to Lake Nantahala. Would anyone like to share a few pointers? Like what's biting in July and what kind of bait to use. Any do's or don'ts on the Lake? Also what is the water temperature like in late July?

Thanks in advance!
I fish that lake a few times a year. It's a tough lake especially in the heat of the summer, but there are lots of fish in it. The lake is over 200' deep in some places and the water is super clear, temp will be in the low 80s. I'm going up the weekend of July 24th. The lake has large, smallmouth and spotted bass. We do catch an occational walleye too. I have luck trolling with crankbaits and casting at banks and points with green pumpkin trick worms. Night fishing can be really good. Best times are in the morning, dusk, and at night. Bring a headlamp as it's dark as hell on that lake at night. No special permits to fish Nanty.

Good luck and report back!

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Originally Posted by Trim_tab View Post

I go there twice a year and it is always special. Have a great time! Lynn's in Robbinsville has some pretty good home-cooking.

Speaking of Robinsville, on the other side of it a little ways is the Joyce Kilmer Forest. Nice area to take a 2-3 mile hike on a cleared trail. Lots of old growth timber and such. Great one hour stop to be found there if you enjoy nature.

Keep heading away from Robinsville and drive along the Cherohala Scenic Skyway. Very nice drive and some high altitude overlooking the Tellico Plains area of Tenn.

Not far from Robinsville is the "Tail of the Dragon", some 300 curves in 12 miles. Crazy popular with motorcyclist. Route 129 is the real road name. Had my harley up in Maggie Valley in Sept a few years back for bike week. Some beautiful country out that way, whether you are on two wheels or four.


http://www.tailofthedragon.com/

http://www.main.nc.us/graham/hiking/joycekil.html

http://www.cherohala.com/



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Originally Posted by FloataBoat View Post
Excellent. Again thank you for all the info. And also thanks for posting the thread on trailer tires. Now I know which ones to get.


That thread really helped me out too. I learned a great deal about trailer tires...........

Heading down to the trailer manufacturer Tuesday to get it all straightened out........Hopefully!!! Then new tires.
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"Tail of the dragon"

Yeah, I am dodging motorcycles every April and June...we have met people from Mich, Ohio, NJ, Maine (most of the yankee states) and all of the Southern States that are cruising the dragon....it is fantastic.
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Whelp. One week to lift off. Anymore last minute advice, tips, or pointers are greatly appreciated.
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do not - and i mean do not take you boat over the tail of the dragon--trust me-- dont do it --
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Nantahala Outdoors
That place brings back memories of my childhood summer...we drove up and always rafted down that river...so much fun...I'm ashamed to say i haven't taken my kid, to enjoy the same expirence yet..he would be a great River Rat!
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do not - and i mean do not take you boat over the tail of the dragon--trust me-- dont do it --


That was my thought, especially coming up from Florida, you wouldn't want to finish your trip up here on that curvy nightmare pulling a boat. I would have to polish off a six pack when I got there just to get my nerves back.....lol

Have a great trip, I wish I was soaking in that frigid Nantahala water right now!!!
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Great information above. I think we have done all of it except the fishing. Tubing at Deep Creek is a lot of fun and cheap. We used Adventurous Fast Rivers Rafting as it was much cheaper than NOC. NOC is a great place to hang around and have a beer watching the kayakers. Cherahola Skyway is a really nice drive too. There is a little fishing pier on Lake Santeetlah that you pass as you head to the Skyway. The view is incredible. I'll even second Lynn's in Robbinsville.

We live a little south of you but we have vacationed in that area for many years. I'm totally jealous. I would leave the boat at home though.

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Great information above. I think we have done all of it except the fishing. Tubing at Deep Creek is a lot of fun and cheap. We used Adventurous Fast Rivers Rafting as it was much cheaper than NOC. NOC is a great place to hang around and have a beer watching the kayakers. Cherahola Skyway is a really nice drive too. There is a little fishing pier on Lake Santeetlah that you pass as you head to the Skyway. The view is incredible. I'll even second Lynn's in Robbinsville.

We live a little south of you but we have vacationed in that area for many years. I'm totally jealous. I would leave the boat at home though.

Hopefully my dad won't read this and see your recommendation about leaving the boat at home. He was already trying to talk me out of it, but I thought we would regret not taking the boat up since the cabin we are renting is right on the lake and has a nice dock. I think we will have a lot of fun on the boat wandering around on the lake, fishing, tubing, and wakeboarding.
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Maybe you can rent a boat up there some were. I think they rent house boats over on Lake Fontana. I have always wanted to go out there, anchor and spend the night out there fishing. Fontana Dam is pretty amazing too. Not much bothers me but looking down that big hole at the dam can dirty up your shorts. The Ocoee River is on up a ways, check the map. I think when the Olympics was in Atlanta, the kayak events where held there. Awesome river. Nice area to sit and watch them go by right along the road.

The cost in extra gas pulling your boat could probably be used towards a rental.....??? There is a great deal to do and see in that area.

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