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Powerboat-Friendly Lake Glenville Is The Highest Elevation Lake in the Eastern US

The view from our porch
  • The view from our porch
  • The highest mountain lake east of the Mississippi
  • Early morning fishing on Lake Glenville
  • Lake Porch's pontoon boat rental
  • This is how to have fun on the lake
  • The Pine Creek public beach near Lake Porch
  • Lake Porch is hidden by the trees on the left
  • One of the many sights along Lake Glenville's shoreline

At 3,494 feet elevation, Lake Glenville is the highest lake in the eastern United States. The 1,470 acre lake is great for powerboating, swimming, fishing, skiing — especially wakeboarding — and other water sports. If you bring your own boat, there’s a public boat ramp less than a half-mile from Lake Porch. If you don’t have a boat, we have a private dock with a 135 hp triple pontoon for rent by the week. If you like to fish, you'll find smallmouth & largemouth bass, walleye, brown & rainbow trout in the lake – right outside your front door.

Pontoon Boat Rental — The owner's boat is a 25 foot long, 10 foot wide Premier tritoon with a 14 person capacity; three captain's chairs; and is powered by a 135 hp Honda outboard motor. Ask the property manager for details.

The boat is moored at our private dock just steps from the house.

The 1,470 acre reservoir is largely non-commercial, with mostly homes dotting the shoreline. Nantahala Power & Light — now Duke Energy — created the lake as a source of electric power production, but they also reserved land for public access, including the Pine Creek Access & Recreation area, near Lake Porch.

Like most mountain lakes, the lake bottom plunges as steeply as the mountains that meet the shore.

History — During World War II, ALCOA  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. It was completed in late 1941.

The new lake 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.

Prior to 2002, Lake Glenville was officially known as "Thorpe Reservoir", a name that still appears on some maps.