If you would rather relax on a boat and fish as opposed to wading in a river, try of Jackson County’s Blue Ridge mountain lakes or Smoky Mountains Fontana Lake; home to largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, an occasional muskie and panfish. Load up your tackle and bring your own boat (We have a parking area for Trailers.) or rent a boat (either Almond Boat or Signal Ridge Marina.) and enjoy some lasting Smoky Mountain memories.
Want to get out on the water but don't care to fish? For a guided pontoon ride on Fontana Lake we suggest Fontana Guides: enjoy mountain views while cruising and conversing with friends. For a do-it-yourself pontoon boat ride contact Almond Boat or Signal Ridge Marina. For lake kayaking, enjoy the excellent guides at Endless River Adventure. For a shot of adrenaline, take a jet boat ride with Smoky Mountain Jet Boats.
The Chalet Inn is your vacation destination to enjoy the various activities offered on our Smoky Mountain and Blue Ridge Mountain lakes. For the avid fisherman whose traveling companion doesn't share your enthusiasm, our Chalet Suites and close by towns provide your traveling companion with wonderful options while you are enjoying our great outdoors.
Click on the boxes below to plan your next fishing or boating excursion in the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains!
And don't forget you can practice your casting in our pond and grill your catch in our picnic area!
Fontana Lake – The 29-mile long, 11,700-acre Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Lake has more than 240 miles of shoreline, and its deep, cold waters provide the ideal habitat for a variety of fish. In fact, record size muskie and walleye have been pulled from its depths. And many believe it’s one of the best smallmouth bass fishing lakes in the country.
Fontana Lake is unique: unlike many lakes, shoreline development has been kept to a minimum and more than 90 percent of the land around the Lake is either National Park Service or US Forest Service land.
In addition to fishing, Fontana Lake provides recreational boating, Lake Kayaking and Jet Boat Rides. Enjoy a unique perspective of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: from many places on Fontana Lake the view is unobstructed all the way to the top of Clingmans Dome, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's highest peak. Fontana Lake boat access is 25 minutes from the Chalet Inn. For boat and pontoon boat rental contact Almond Boat.
Lake Glenville – Lake Glenville is renowned for Bass fishing. Smallmouth bass live abundantly in Lake Glenville, as well as lake trout, crappie, largemouth bass, and perch. Certain breeds of Catfish also live in the lake, mainly "channel cats." There are numerous creeks flowing intoLake Glenville, including Cedar Creek, Mill Creek, Hurricane Creek, and Pine Creek, as well as natural springs consumed. Lake Glenville, at 3,500 ft above sea level is the highest man-made lake East of the Mississippi. Lake Glenville's boat access is 40 minutes from The Chalet Inn as are rentals at Signal Ridge Marina.
Cedar Cliff Lake – Although not a very large lake, weighing in at 121 acres of water and 4.5 miles
of shoreline, Cedar Cliff holds many big surprises. It is 2198 ft. above sea level and contains small mouth bass, trout and walleye as well as largemouth bass, which are much harder to catch.
The population of largemouth is small both in density and size, but, there are definitely largemouth in these waters. Cedar Cliff is the only lake in the chain of four on the East Fork of the Tuckaseigee River that is not hatchery supported. Cedar Cliff is 35 minutes from The Chalet Inn. Parking is somewhat limited, but typically not a problem.
Bear Lake– The largest of the lakes on the East Fork of the Tuckaseigee River, Bear Lake, is 40 minutes from The Chalet Inn. A remote, but beautiful area some 2559 ft. above sea level. The road to the ramp is a very good gravel road that winds easily down to the gravel parking area at the ramp. There are two concrete ramps for boat launching. The lake itself boasts 476 acres of water and 13.5 miles of shore line. These hatchery supported waters are regularly stocked by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Bear Lake is also stocked with thread fish to help boost the forage base for game fish, small and largemouth bass.
Wolf Creek Lake – Wolf Lake is the second largest lake on the East Fork of the Tuckaseigee River, however because
it is off the beaten path, it is typically very peaceful. It is 2940 ft. above sea level and is 45 minutes from The Chalet Inn. A 183 acres in size with a mere 6.9 miles of shoreline. Not quite as deep as Bear Lake - the water tends to be a bit cloudier - but lure visibility is typically good at 9 to 10 feet. The ramp for this lake is a good concrete ramp, however the parking area is limited. Please use caution, as there are many shallow areas with some rock outcroppings which are not marked. You can typically pull trout, small & red-eyed bass as well as walleye from this lake.
Tanasee Creek Lake – At the eastern most point on NC Highway 281 (Canada Road), sits the smallest lake of the
chain of four lakes on the East fork of the Tuckaseigee River. Tanasee Creek Lake is only 39 acres. Due to the small size you cannot get a big motor boat on the lake, but you can
get a small “johnboat” or try your hand at a canoe or kayak. There is a small concrete launch ramp and a gravel parking area 45 minutes from The Chalet Inn. The trip up the mountain is quiet impressive. Tanasee Creek Lake is hatchery supported and there are several areas around the lake where you may fish from the bank.
For more detailed information on each of these lakes go to North Carolina Fishing Areas and using the "Zoom to County" pull down menu on the left go to "Jackson County." Then, using the "Show Sites On" menu in the center top select "Lake/Pond." Click on any of the Red "Pins" in the center of the map below the words "Sylva" or "Cullowhee." If you zoom in using the "+ box" below the icon of the man, more lakes will show up. Be patient, the enlarged map is slow loading.