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Signal Ridge Marina History of Lake Glenville, North Carolina

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During World War II, ALCOA (Aluminum Company of America) needed more electricity to make aluminum for the war effort. In June 1940, Nantahala Power and Light, then owned by ALCOA, began constructing a dam to generate hydroelectric power on the west fork of the Tuckasegee River at Onion Falls. They completed it in late 1941, filling a new lake called Thorpe Reservoir or (present-day) Lake Glenville behind the dam. It encompassed the entire valley north of Cashiers. The town of Glenville was evacuated and flooded, covering schools, homes, businesses, and farmlands with water to a depth of 300 feet.


Water from the dam goes through a pipe 12 miles north to Thorpe power house producing the highest head pressure in the northern hemisphere. Its 6 miles long has 26 miles of shoreline and is 1200 to 1400 acres. It over 100’ deep, and has 3 major waterfalls flowing into it, at 3500’ it’s the highest major lake east of the Mississippi, and is the only lake in North Carolina that qualifies for the highest clean water designation. It is now owned by Duke Power.


Located in a beautiful mountain rain forest Lake Glenville offers a treasure trove of recreation options. With pristine clear waters it’s great for tubing, skiing, wake boarding, knee boarding, swimming and fishing. Water temperature runs about 80 degrees July & August. For the fisherman we have large & small mouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch. Crappie, Rainbow & Brown Trout, large Brim and a few Catfish. Best fishing is spring with Walleye & Bass below the falls and on the rocks. Crappie and Brim move on the banks and Trout over the channel. Summer is best early & late in the day .In Fall the Trout and Walleye move shallower as the water cools.


Whether fishing, picnicking, swimming or just enjoying the beauty of the area, you will find this the highlight of your trip. Call Signal Ridge Marina for all your Lake Glenville Boat Rental Needs: 828-743-2143


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