Town of Lake Lure NC The Town of Lake Lure is the gem of the Carolina Mountains. Upon visiting Lake Lure its obvious why it attracts thousands of visitors every year! Located in western North Carolina, the town lies in the heart of Hickory Nut Gorge. The Rocky Broad River flows through a series of rapids to feed into the crystal clear waters of Lake Lure. Lake Lure is the center of this community and features three long bays, an island of seven acres and small bays and mountains. The beautiful mountains make a picture perfect backdrop for this town. The Town of Lake Lure is a great location for many sports such as swimming, golfing, hiking and serious rock climbing. The lake creates a wide variety of water activities ranging from canoeing to fishing to boating. Come on out and ‘take a dip’ in this beautiful mountain town!
History of Lake LureNorth Carolina In 1902, Dr. Lucius B. Morse and his brothers purchased 64 acres around the present-day area of Chimney Rock State Park. Dr.Morse wife, Elizabeth, is credited with giving the town and the lake its name.
By 1925, the Morse family created Carolina Mountain Power Company and funded the construction of the Broad River dam, which produced the lake. The Lake was completed in 1927 and covers approximately 720 acres with 27 miles of shoreline.
Development plans came to a screeching halt in 1929 when the Great Depression took its hold on the United States. The lake and dam was foreclosed by Stroud & Company. Stroud owned the dam and power until 1965. After the North Carolina General Assembly enacted a legislation that authorized the Town of Lake Lure to issue revenue bonds, the dam, power company and real estate of Lake Lure was acquired by the town in 1965.
The town continues to sell electricity to Duke Energy, though profits from the dam now come second to maintaining a fixed water level year-round for residents of the Lake Lure community.
Today the Lake has become a popular area for filming major motion pictures. My Fellow Americans was filmed in the area. Much of the film Dirty Dancing was filmed here.
Dirty Dancing Festival The Dirty Dancing Festival is held annually in the town of Lake Lure, where much of the classic movie Dirty Dancing was filmed. The festival will feature a daytime family dance, beer and wine garden, a kidz zone, dance lessons tent, food and craft vendors and of course, a screening of Dirty Dancing! Attendees can also participate in the Lake Life competition, that is based off of one of the more famous scenes in the movie! Come on out and celebrate the classic film, but remember, ‘Nobody puts baby in a corner!’