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Welcome to Lakes ENd


on Lake Nantahala
Great Smoky Mountains – North Carolina

 

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Welcome to Lakes ENd


on Lake Nantahala
Great Smoky Mountains – North Carolina

 

 

Mountain Lake Destination

Lakes End Marina and Lakes End Café & Grill is located on beautiful Lake Nantahala, surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains.  At an elevation over 3,000 feet, we are located between Franklin and Murphy North Carolina, about two and half hours northwest of Atlanta or about an hour and half from Ashville.  

Come visit the Lakes only lake front marina & boat rental and restaurant.

 
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Come Visit


Discover what makes Lake Nantahala the hidden gem of North Carolina.  Our unspoiled mountain and lake oasis is sure to bring memories that last a lifetime.

Make a Reservation

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Come Visit


Discover what makes Lake Nantahala the hidden gem of North Carolina.  Our unspoiled mountain and lake oasis is sure to bring memories that last a lifetime.

Make a Reservation

Lakes End has the only restaurant, marina & boat rentals and fuel service directly on the lake.  Enjoy the convenience of our fully stocked Marina, featuring the areas best on-lake rentals of watercraft and equipment.   Take your lake front mountain adventure to the next level by enjoying the conveniences of on-lake boat rentals with choices ranging from pontoon boats, runabouts, ski boats, jet ski’s, canoes, kayaks and paddle boards.   Offering a variety of supplies and necessities for boating, fishing, watersports and camping, our fully stocked Adventure Store and Marina is dedicated to providing an outstanding experience to our valued guests.

Known as one of the cleanest lakes in the southeast, Lake Nantahala, with 30 miles of a pristine shoreline, is at an elevation about 3,000 feet.  Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains a quite oasis at the edge of the Nantahala National Forest.  The rustic beauty of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains surrounds the lake and mountains.  

Lake Nantahala was formed in 1942 when the Nantahala River was dammed to create a pure, crystal clear reservoir.  The shoreline has a limited number of private homes and cabins, as much of the area around the lake is owned and managed by the U. S. Forest Service and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.  Below the lake, the river tumbles down the mountainside in spectacular cascades and waterfalls, providing breathtaking falls, rivers and streams for trout fishing and world-class river rafting and kayaking on the Nantahala River.  You’ll be in great company for Lake Nantahala’s fishing or playing on the water in one of the summer’s hottest spots! 

The Marina offers dockage and mooring if you prefer to bring your own watercraft. Mooring with water and power is available by the day, week, month or annually. Slip fees vary by season but you’ll get some amazing deals when you stay with us. And don’t forget, launch fees are always complimentary on the lakes two public launch sites. 

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Come Play


Plan out your visit to Lake Nantahala today.  A variety of rental watercraft and water sport activities, dock and mooring, both wet and dry, lake and mountain guided and un-guided excursions, white water rafting and kayaking, zip lining, horseback riding in the Smoky’s, menu planning and more are at your fingertips.   Our rental cabins offer the both lakefront and mountain access and views.

Book Your Excursion

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Come Play


Plan out your visit to Lake Nantahala today.  A variety of rental watercraft and water sport activities, dock and mooring, both wet and dry, lake and mountain guided and un-guided excursions, white water rafting and kayaking, zip lining, horseback riding in the Smoky’s, menu planning and more are at your fingertips.   Our rental cabins offer the both lakefront and mountain access and views.

Book Your Excursion

BOATING & WATERSPORTS

The only on-lake boat rentals with choices ranging from pontoon boats, runabouts, ski boats, jet ski’s, canoes, kayaks and paddle boards can be reserved on-line. Enjoy the convenience of reserving your watercraft, dock space or water sport equipment.

Click here for availability and pricing.

EXCURSIONS & EVENTS

We have it all.  We can facilitate and assist with both on-site and off site excursions and events.  Excursions offer both guided and unguided options to include wake boarding behind a Super Air G23 Nautique Wake Board Boat, water skiing, dinner Cruises around Lake Nantahala, Great Smokey Mountain backpacking trips, day hikes, overnight camping, river fly fishing, Smoky Mountain horseback riding, white water rafting or zip lining to name a few.

For more information, click here

Cafe, Grill & Events

Lakes End Café & Grill is dedicated to providing outstanding service and food.  Using the best ingredients available, with fresh fruits and vegetables to compliment your meals.  An outstanding experience is not measured by food alone.  We know that our entire team and friendly atmosphere make a guest’s overall experience even that much better.  Exceeding your expectations is our goal each and every time.  Our restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.   Come in and enjoy great food, family and friends.  Our menus are tailored with southern flair and a combination of both traditional and unique items.

Click here for menu options and upcoming events