The lake is the number one attraction and the reason so many families visit Lake Lure year after year. Visitors come to enjoy the 720 acres of lake, sparkling clean beach area, and the incredible Blue Ridge mountain range including Chimney Rock. History records that the idea of a resort community in western North Carolina was the vision of Dr. Lucius B. Morse.
Soliciting the financial backing of his brothers, Dr. Morse purchased 400 acres around Chimney Rock in 1902 to create Chimney Rock Park. Additional acreage was acquired over the next several years to bring the total to 8,000 acres. Dr. Morse conceived the idea of building a dam on the Rocky Broad River to create a lake and a year-round resort. The dam was completed in September 1926, forming the lake which was named Lake Lure by Dr. Morse’s wife, Elizabeth Parkenson. The Town of Lake Lure was incorporated in 1927.
The Town of Lake Lure is a great location for sports including swimming, golfing, hiking or serious rock climbing. You can enjoy a wide variety of water activities, ranging from canoeing and fishing to pleasure boating and water skiing. Both motor and non-motorized boats enjoy the lake; however, a lake permit is required to place a private boat on the lake.
Today, or soon, you will be a visitor to Lake Lure. Perhaps it will be your first time, or like many, Lake Lure is on your short list of places you visit with regularity. The moment you arrive in Lake Lure, it is obvious you are surrounded by beauty, unsurpassed anywhere else in Western North Carolina. Here, the rivers, streams and waterfalls converge into a perfectly sized 720-acre man made lake. Hills and valleys gave way to boulders and cliffs, creating a multitude of awe-inspiring vistas at every turn. There simply is no regular view in Lake Lure. One of the things that makes Lake Lure a truly unique destination is that it responds to a collective desire to get away from it all, but not too far away. When you plan your visit to the area, I hope that you will keep me in mind for any of your real estate needs. I look forward to working with you in the future. Sincerely, Dorothy Barnett