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Lake Toxaway


Lake Toxaway

Town(s): Sapphire NC, Lake Toxaway NC

Size: 640 acres
Average Depth: 60 feet
Maximum Depth: feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, Other Restrictions, See Comments
Boating Comments: No kite, jet skis or sea planes. All boats and trailers that have vacated Lake Toxaway for use on any other body of water must be commercially cleaned before re-entering our lakes. Alternatively, such boats and trailers may be thoroughly cleaned by the owner with a 20% solution of Clorox and water, as approved by our lake ecologist. Detailed boat cleaning instructions are available. Community Boating Regulations
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Lake Toxaway is the largest privately held lake in North Carolina. There is NO public access and no outside boats are permitted on the lake. The lake, developed by the Lake Toxaway Company, is man-made and covers 640 acres, 60 feet deep, at 3,010 feet elevation and the shoreline is 14 miles. Water sources for the lake include multiple free flowing mountain streams with the Toxaway River being the main source. The lake flows out onto Toxaway Falls and then continues down the Toxaway River.

The main road through the Lake Toxaway area is U.S. Highway 64, a typical winding mountain road with tight turns. Lake Toxaway history encompasses two distinct time periods. The first era which began in 1890 ended with the collapse of the earthen dam in 1916. In 1960 the second era began when the Lake Toxaway Company purchased the land and rebuilt the lake. Explore the lake by kayak, canoe, paddleboard or the evening cruise on Miss Lucy. 

Since the turn of the century, people have been drawn to Lake Toxaway including the Fords, Edisons, and Rockefellers. In 1915, Lucy and George Armstrong built a Mansion on the lake that became a luxury inn in the 1980s. Since you will be in the middle of the “Land of the Waterfalls,” find many hiking trails and gorgeous cascades including at nearby Panthertown Valley, Gorges State Park and Toxaway Falls. Explore quaint downtown Brevard with galleries, local shops, great restaurants and local brews.

You can even tour a bee farm in your own bee suit. Boat Rentals are available to property owners, guests of property owners, renters, and guests of the Greystone Inn.  Available at hourly, daily, and weekly rates. Resting on the shores of Lake Toxaway, nestled in the lush embrace of the North Carolina mountains, you’ll find the Greystone Inn. A personal hotel where nostalgic pleasures, gracious hospitality and quiet beauty awaits you. Visit:

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

Fishing Comments:
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, Walleye

Boat Access: None, Private Lake
Ramp Comments: There is NO public access and no outside boats are permitted on the lake.
Parking Spaces: None

Directions: Located between Brevard and Cashiers on US Highway 64.
Shoreline Development: 25-50%