Bear Lake, also referred to as Bear Creek Lake, covers 500 acres and features 13 miles of shoreline. Bear Lake was created in the 1950s by damming the east fork of the Tuckasegee River to provide hydroelectric power for the area. Today, it is considered one of the cleanest lakes in Western North Carolina. Bear Lake is regularly stocked with fish by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. The area is also home to the Bear Lake Golf Club.
The lake is remote enough that non-resident traffic is low, creating that 'private lake' feeling for the few residents surrounding the lake and those residing at Bear Lake Reserve. Bear Lake Reserve has its own marina with day docks; lakefront property owners also have their own docks. Bear Creek Lake is large enough for kayaking, canoeing, day boating, water skiing, or just relaxing on those lazy days when you want to really unwind. Located within minutes of the property are the Nantahala National Forest, Pisgah National Forest, and the Appalachian Mountains. It is also less than an hour's drive to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.
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