Bryson City's Lakes, Rivers, Streams, and Creeks

Explore our Best Kept Secrets

Rushing rivers, quaint creeks and a calm, pristine lake can be found throughout Bryson City, North Carolina. The unspoiled, underdeveloped, 29-mile long Fontana Lake has been called the best-kept secret in the North Carolina Mountains. The Nantahala and Tuckasegee Rivers provide adrenaline-pumping excitement for fishers, whitewater rafters, kayakers and more. Our many creeks are havens for fly fishing enthusiasts. Splash into the excitement of our many wandering waterways here in Bryson City.

Lake and River Activities


Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountain National Forests are some of the most diverse fishing…


Fontana Lake, the crown jewel of Bryson City, is your perfect under-the-radar destination for…


Get refreshed with a swim in the Smokies! This seasonal activity is just the cool down you need in…

Bryson City's Lakes, Rivers, Streams and Creeks

Cheoah Lake

Cheoah Lake is fed by the tail race of Fontana Dam, which provides a constant flow of…

Get on the Water in Bryson City!

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Explore the deep history and culture of Bryson City, Western North Carolina and the…