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Lake Rhodhiss


Lake Rhodhiss

Town(s): Granite Falls NC, Valdese NC, Connelly Springs NC

Size: 3060 acres
Average Depth: 20 feet
Maximum Depth: 35 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Lake Rhodhiss is a pristine lake located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina. The lake was created by Duke Power Company and is popular for its water clarity and accessibility to areas like Hickory, Charlotte, Asheville, Winston-Salem and the lovely mountains in Boone. Lake Rhodhiss NC is a popular place to enjoy swimming, boating, water skiing, and fishing. In fact, there are many fishing tournaments held on the lake, as it is home to a variety of different species of fish.

Duke Energy built  the Rhodhiss dam in 1925 , which is 65 feet high and 1,500 feet long. Lake Rhodhiss was birthed with 90 miles of shoreline and a surface area of approximately 3,060 acres. Full pond elevation is 995.1 feet. Rhodhiss is also a reliable source of water for the nearby cities of Granite Falls, Lenoir, Morganton and Valdese, North Carolina. Duke Energy provides four boat access areas and one bank fishing area on the lake in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

  • Johns River Access Area
  • Huffman Bridge Access Area
  • Castle Bridge Access Area
  • Conley Creek Access Area
  • Castle Bridge Marina
  • Rhodhiss Access Area

Residents and visitors enjoy the 90 miles of shoreline and 3,000 acres of crystal blue water in the summer months, and residents enjoy having the same water level year round as Lake Rhodhiss’s water level remains constant because some area communities use Lake Rhodhiss to supply their drinking water. The water is a crystal clear blue color because the lake has a sandy bottom as opposed to the murky waters that a clay bottom provides.

The natural beauty around Lake Rhodhiss is breathtaking. Duke Power has preserved over 20 miles of the shoreline and the mountains serve as the perfect backdrop. Boating and activity on the lake is still rated at a low to moderate level, making the waters smooth and enjoyable for everyone.

Live on the shores of Lake Rhodhiss and experience this tranquil lifestyle firsthand. You’ll enjoy the panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and enjoy nearby amenities found in a larger area. You’ll be close to Hickory, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and the mountains of Western North Carolina, yet still far enough away to enjoy the peace and serenity of lake living.

Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fishing Comments: Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, white bass, white perch and striped bass at Lake Rhodhiss in North Carolina.
Fish Species: Flathead Catfish, White Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, Striped Bass

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Parking Spaces: 21-40

Shoreline Development: 25-50%