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Lake Hickory


Lake Hickory

Town(s): Hickory NC, Taylorsville NC, Conover NC, Granite Falls NC

Size: 4200 acres
Average Depth: feet
Maximum Depth: feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Boating Comments: Lake Hickory is fully recreational, which means that swimming, fishing, boating, sailing, water skiing and jet skis are all allowed.
Swimming: Unknown

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Hickory Lake has over 105 miles of shoreline, totaling over 4200 acres of surface area. Lake Hickory offers 16 public boat launches and six marinas. Lake Hickory is a full recreational lake, allowing jet skis, water skiing, swimming, tubing, boat docks, fishing, and other water activities.  During the summer months you can enter various fishing tournaments since the lake abounds with many species of fish.

There are several things that have made Lake Hickory extremely attractive: the constant water level, water clarity, and the natural shoreline. Since some communities use Lake Hickory as their drinking water supply, the water level remains constant, where other lakes in the Carolinas as well as other state can vary dramatically. Unlike most other North Carolina lakes, Lake Hickory offers a crystal blue color, since it has a sandy bottom, as opposed to clay. The attractive shoreline of Lake Hickory is one of its greatest assets. Duke Energy, the owner of the lake, has kept over 20 miles of shoreline for natural areas. The rest of the shoreline displays custom built homes, ranging in size from 2,000 to 7,000+ square feet, with beautiful docks, many with second level viewing decks. With boating traffic rated as low to moderate, you can see why so many people describe the natural beauty of Lake Hickory as "breathtaking." And when you see it, you will feel the same.

Boat Rentals:

Lake Side Marina – 81 Marina Drive, Hickory, NC 28601

(828) 495-8181

Lake Hickory Marina – 6706 Limbaugh Lane, Hickory, NC 28601

(828) 855-2916

Rivers Edge Marina – 5803 Icard Ridge Road, Hickory, NC 28601

(828) 495-8833

Boat Cruises:

Lake Hickory Adventures – 6706 Limbaugh Lane, Hickory, NC 28601

(828) 358-2384

Fishing Guide:

David Chubb’s Guide Service

(704) 663-9441

RV Park:

Lake Hickory RV Resort – 6641 Monford Drive, Conover, NC 28613

(828) 256-4303

Vegetation Growth: Unknown
Non-native Species:

Fishing Comments: Lakes in North Carolina are justifiably popular with fisherman, and Lake Hickory is particularly renowned for its large mouth and striped bass. The fast-moving waters from the lake’s four dams are especially attractive to those species, and they draw anglers to high-profile bass fishing tournaments during the year. Crappie and channel catfish are other fish that flourish in Lake Hickory and its tributaries. The mean depth of the water is 33 feet, and yearly temperatures range from 39 to 87 degrees Fahrenheit.

Boat Access: Unknown
Ramp Comments: Gunpowder Boat Ramp: 5056 Hurricane Hill Rd, Granite Falls, NC 28630
Parking Spaces: Unknown

Shoreline Development: 25-50%