30 Lakes in 30 Days | Santeetlah Lake | North Carolina

Lake Santeetlah
Photo: Paul-Joanne McNamara

30 Lakes in 30 Days | Santeetlah Lake | North Carolina

With a shoreline 80 percent surrounded by National Forest, and few local residents, Santeetlah Lake in Robbinsville, North Carolina, is a pristine and primitive paddling getaway. Created in 1928 when a dam was built across the Cheoah River, valleys between the 4,000-foot mountains flooded to create a web of flatwater that fingers through the remote region. No two areas of the lake look the same, and the many nooks and crannies lend a sense of endless exploration for paddlers. It’s small enough to discourage speed boating, but you will find fellow vacationers floating pontoon boats and fishing for trout and bass. Beyond the tremendous paddling options, the region offers the Santeetlah Lake Trail, 15-miles of mountainous pathways through primitive forest, open to hikers, bikers and horses. Book lakeside lodging or camp out, whichever you please.

30 Lakes in 30 Days Project:

America is riddled with countless unsung watering holes ideal for your next SUP adventure. To highlight some of our favorite freshwater paddling locales, we’re profiling 30 lakes in 30 days for the entire month of July. We’ll give you the lake’s local rundown, outfitting options in the area and we’ll even tell you where to find the best bite and beer post-paddle. It’s a resource just for you and it’s brought to you by Tahoe SUP.

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