Santeetlah Lake

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There are numerous access points. To reach Cheoah Point Recreation Area, travel on US 129 north from Robbinsville for 5 miles to the junction with SR 1145. Turn left and travel almost 1.5 miles to the campground on the left and the boat ramp ahead.


Hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking.


Boat ramp, swimming beach, campground. Cheoah Point Campground features 26 sites with picnic tables and grill, pit toilets, no shower.


There is a charge for camping.

Closest town:

Robbinsville, 7 miles.

Santeetlah Lake

lake Santeetlah

In the midst of the lush, green mountain slopes, 3,000 acres of open water ideal for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking comprise Santeetlah Lake. (Its name is derived from an Indian word meaning "blue waters.") Santeetlah Lake is formed by the Santeetlah Dam across the Cheoah River on the northern end of the lake, and, like many of the man-made lakes in the mountains, Santeetlah makes its way into numerous picturesque coves and inlets. Most of the shoreline is undeveloped and part of the Nantahala National Forest, where ample camping opportunities abound. Cheoah Point, for example, can be reached 6 miles north of Robbinsville off US 129.

Both cold- and warm-water species of fish flourish here, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass , walleye, bluegill, brown trout, and rainbow trout. Reports of osprey and spotted sandpipernear the boating access area have been recorded in the spring and summer, and great horned owls have been spotted in the winter. During migration shorebirds and waterfowl including green herons , prothonotary warblers, and red crossbills stop by the shallow coves of the many-fingered lake.

Elevation: 1,940 feet.

For more information:

Graham County NC Travel and Tourism Authority
PO Box 575
15 North Main Street
Robbinsville, NC 28771