The town of Lake Lure sits just east of Chimney Rock, a popular hiking destination in Rutherford County.


The all-seasons destination features endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and a quaint and historic downtown in nearby Chimney Rock Village, which appeals to residents and visitors alike. Whether your residential community caters to tourists or year-round residents, William Douglas Property Management has the local expertise to your specific needs. Contact us today to learn how we will translate your vision to reality.

Lake Lure, NC Facts and Information

The Town of Lake Lure is a municipality in Rutherford County, North Carolina. Lake Lure is located in the mountainous western region of North Carolina. Mills River has a moderate year-round climate. Lake Lure was incorporated as a town in 1927. The Town of Lake Lure is not to be confused with the actual that is found within the Town of Lake Lure.

Per the 2020 United States Census, the Town of Lake Lure’s population was calculated to be 1,162. 

Per the 2010 United States Census, the Town of Lake Lure’s population was calculated to be 1,192. 

Lake Lure’s first Census was the 1930 United States Census. The population in this Census was calculated at 204.

The Summer Season or In Season Population is estimated to exceed 12,000. 

Location/Coordinates of Lake Lure per Google Earth – Latitude: 35°25′40.59″N, Longitude: 82°12′17.40″ W

The Town of Lake Lure’s Elevation is 1,001 per Google Earth.

Lake Elevation is 990 feet above sea level.

Lake Size 1.15 square miles or around 800 acres.

Lake Lure is the 320th largest municipality in the state of North Carolina

The land area of Lake Lure per the 2010 United States Census was 14.7 square miles.  

The Median Age of the population residing in Lake Lure per the 2010 United States Census is 62.4.

As of 2010, per the United States Census Bureau, there were 2,211 housing units within the town limits of Lake Lure.

The highest elevation in the town limits is 3,020 feet, the summit of Rumbling Bald Mountain. 

The Actual Lake – “Lake Lure”

For Clarification: The actual lake, “Lake Lure,” is a manmade reservoir near the Town of Lake Lure in Rutherford County. The origin of Lake Lure dates back to 1925 and the Morse family when they formed the Carolina Mountain Power Company. Lake Lure was created from the dam the Carolina Mountain Power Company constructed on the Broad River. 

Lake Lure’s elevation is 990 feet above sea level. The lake size is approximately 1.15 square miles or around 800 acres. The shoreline is approximately 27 miles long. The lake was completed and considered a “full pond” in 1927. The dam’s power generation commenced operations in 1928 with a ten-year contract to sell electricity to the Blue Ridge Power Company, a forerunner of Duke Energy. One common question is, did the lake or the town come first? The lake came first, and the town was named for the lake.

The lake has largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, bream, yellow perch. There are boat tours available through Lake Lure Tours. Lake Lure’s average temperatures are 56.6 degrees in spring, 74.8 in summer, 65.2 in autumn, and 45.5 in winter.   

The Town of Lake Lure 

The Town of Lake Lure is around 25 miles southeast of Asheville. The town has been a tourist destination for close to ten decades. The lake is unparalleled compared to other lakes in the region. The lake is exceptionally clear as compared to Lake Hickory and Lake Norman further down in the lowlands of North Carolina. The lake has drawn hundreds of thousands of tourists and permanent year-round residents to Lake Lure through the years.   

There are three golf courses, one 18 holes and one 9-hole course. There are numerous accommodations in and around Lake Lure. From inns to lakefront properties, rentals can be had at very reasonable prices.

The famous Lake Lure Inn. The charming 50-room inn has been featured in several films, the most popular movie being 1987’s “Dirty Dancing.” United States presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin D. Roosevelt have both vacated at the Lake Lure Inn.  

The History of Lake Lure

The origin of Lake Lure began with Dr. Lucius B. Morse from St. Louis. In 1900, Dr. Morse was visiting the future Lake Lure area. Dr. Morse and his family purchased around 8,000 acres in the future Lake Lure area to develop a recreation area. The recreation area plan included the construction of a dam on the Broad River to create a lake. The dam was completed in 1925, and the lake was completed or a “full pond” by 1927. The financial crisis brought on by the stock market of 1929 and following the Great Depression wiped out the Morse family’s investment in the dam. 

Sites to See Near Lake Lure 

Chimney Rock and Chimney Rock Park are right next door to Lake Lure. Chimney Rock Park is a very popular tourist destination. There is also a small town called Chimney Rock with shops and restaurants. The movie “The Last of the Mohicans” was filmed in Chimney Rock in 1992. The overlook at Chimney Rock Park gives one of the grandest views of Lake Lure and the ability to see for miles and miles.   

The Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant are located at 910 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720. The Esmeralda Inn is an iconic area establishment. Hollywood celebrities Clark Gable, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mark Pickford have stayed at the inn while filming movies. Actors Kathleen Turner and Powers Boothe have stayed at the inn in more recent times while on location. American Civil War general and author Lew Wallace stayed in Room 209 at the inn where he transformed his bestselling novel, Ben Hur, into a stage adaptation.  

An Overview of Lake Lure 

Lake Lure is one of the most beautiful lakes in the lower 48 states. It is such a remarkable and picturesque location that Hollywood movies like “Dirty Dancing” and “The Last of the Mohicans” were filmed in and around Lake Lure. From the bright colors of autumn to the bright rays of summer, Lake Lure is an amazing place to behold. The sunrises and the sunsets reflect off the lake in such a way that makes every day special. Parts of the lake have pristine shoreline and wooded forests that are teeming with wildlife, including deer, ducks, and an occasional American bald eagle.

Lake Lure is located 40 minutes drive from Asheville, North Carolina, and one hour forty minutes from Charlotte. Lake Lure is a hidden gem within the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Next to Lake Lure is the famous Chimney Rock Park with its 315-foot granite monolith and destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you enjoy water sports, fishing, golfing, zip-lining, hiking, or just watching the sunset over the water, Lake Lure may be a truly unique place for all folks to call home. 

There are a variety of events and festivals taking place each year in western North Carolina. From film and food festivals to music concerts, there’s something for everybody in western North Carolina. Another great event is shopping at Vintage Market Days in Asheville or celebrate Christmas at Biltmore Estate. Whatever you select, attending these events leaves you and your family with lifelong memories. Have a look at the top 8 events that are given below. 

Lake Lure Polar Plunge | January 

Lake Lure Polar Plunge is the best way to celebrate New Year. We can also declare that this is a unique way to celebrate New year in North Carolina. Almost all people support local charities by jumping into the frigid ice-cold water. New Year is to celebrate with bonfires, hot chocolate, and a live DJ to complete the affair. 

Vintage Market Days | March

If you are tired and need some therapy, you must visit the Vintage Market Days for a little retail therapy. Vintage Market Days is located near Asheville. You will see all the original art features, antiques, clothing, and food in this vintage market. All-Age of customers can go shopping. This market is held in cities across the countries. 

Asheville Herb Festival | May 

Asheville Herb Festival is the most fantastic herb festival in the southeast to be named as Asheville Herb Festival. This festival is celebrated in May every year. This month, many gardeners and herbalists reach Lake Lure, NC, to celebrate this festival. 

The Lure of the Dragons Race and Festival | June

It is a dragon race festival to be named Lure of the dragons. It is a kind of race that combines fun festivities with exciting competition. The race team will be ready to paddle 250 meters down the Broad Rocky River. The team starts the race in this river with the boat. The size of the boat is 30 feet long, and these boats are in dragon shape. And all participants wear dragon dresses and participate in this event. The Lure of the Dragons race and festival is all in the name of the local charities. 

Lake Lure Fireworks Celebration | July

In July, Lake Lure is full of light. In this month all family and friends gather near the lake to see a fireworks celebration. There is no charge for the park entry as entry fees for viewing the fireworks celebration. The Lake Lure Fireworks Celebration is truly spectacular and features food trucks, souvenirs, and, of course, fireworks.

North Carolina Apple Festival | September

The North Carolina Apple Festival is celebrated on behalf of labor. This is specially marked on the Weekend of labor day in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This festival has been a happening event for the last 60 years. This festival runs for four days. These days guests can enjoy all types of arts and crafts, free entertainment, and many fresh-picked apples from farms and fields.

Downtown Brevard Halloweenfest | October 

Downtown Brevard Halloweenfest is celebrated in Transylvania County. This is one of the best places to celebrate Halloweenfest uniquely. There are a lot of vampires, zombies, and ghosts participating. 

Christmas at Biltmore | November – January 

Biltmore Christmas celebration is an ancient festival. This has been celebrated for centuries and with old traditions. Thousands of visitors visit every year. America’s largest home sparkles with over 50 decorated Christmas trees, and there are 65 fireplaces. 

This is an effortless thing to enjoy all these festivals. Visitors come from outside Lake Lure, NC. However, if you are looking to live in Lake Lure, you must begin with a nice neighborhood or nice homeowner association. Nice homeowner associations begin with a professional HOA management company. A professional management HOA management protects and improves property values.

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