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Lure Lake, NC

Lake Size: 717 acres
Shoreline Length (Miles): 27 miles
Deepest Depth: 110 ft
Latitude: 35.431944
Longitude: -82.197222
Lake Level Above Sea Level: 911 ft (278 m)
Counties: Rutherford County
Cities: Lake Lure
Lake Management: Lake Lure Advisory Committee

Information: "Lake Lure is held in trust by the Town of Lake Lure for the benefit of the citizens of Lake Lure". The creation of Lake Lure and its purchase by the town is outlined on the History of Lake Lure web page. In accordance with the original purpose for the creation of the lake, it is maintained and managed primarily as a recreational facility with the generation of electricity by the hydroelectric plant being a secondary but important consideration. Lake levels are managed utilizing state-of-the-art weather and rainfall monitoring equipment. In 2003, the Lake Lure Marine Commission was established under authorization from the North Carolina state legislature to “make regulations applicable to Lake Lure and its shoreline area concerning all matters relating to or affecting the use of Lake Lure.” The Lake Advisory Committee is appointed by the town council to make recommendations to Council and to the Marine Commission on matters affecting the management of the lake. The committee administers the water sampling and testing program and is responsible for stocking the lake with game fish. They have been involved in providing valuable information for the dredging and silt removal decisions by the town, particularly after periodic floods. The committee also makes recommendations on lake commercial license applications. A Lake Structures Ordinance was developed by the committee and passed by the town council in 1992. The ordinance provides guidance on the construction and required maintenance of all structures within the boundaries of the lake, including docks and boathouses. The marine commission has passed local lake and boating regulations, which establish restrictions on the size of boats permitted on the lake and rules of conduct to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the lake for boating and swimming. A boat permit required for all boats (motorized or non-motorized) on the lake.
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USA Today nominated best lake in America: Enjoy a bird's eye view of the lake from Chimney Rock, a granite spire that rises above the treetops and take an hour-long cruise to the coves where scenes were filmed.
Lake Lure is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 1,027. Lake Lure was incorporated in 1927, and acquired the lake after which it is named in 1965. In 1902, Dr. Lucius B. Morse and his brothers Hiram and Asahel purchased 400 acres (1.6 km2) around Chimney Rock (within present-day Chimney Rock Park) for $5,000. They later acquired enough land in the area to bring the total to 8000 acres (32 km2). Lucius Morse's wife Elizabeth is credited with naming the lake (and the town). In 1925, the Morse family created Carolina Mountain Power Company and funded the construction of a dam on the Broad River (through a mortgage) which produced the lake after which the town is named. The full impoundment of Lake Lure was completed in 1927. At ordinary water levels, Lake Lure covers approximately 720 acres (2.9 km2) and has a shoreline of approximately 27 miles (43 km). The dam's power plant began operations in 1928 with the sale of electricity under a 10-year contract to Blue Ridge Power Co., a local predecessor of Duke Power.

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