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Our cozy cottage on Lake Santeetlah is great for families to relax and unwind. Lake Santeetlah is located in Graham County, just south of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and in the Nantahala National Forest. Lake Santeetlah is a pristine and clear 3000 acre lake with a 1939 foot lake elevation, with an average depth of 56 feet and a maximum of 213’. About 80% of the lake shoreline is national park, with only 20% developed.
The Cottage has 2 bedrooms, living room, bath, screened in porch and a brand-new dock. The first bedroom has a queen bed with great views of the lake. The second bedroom has a bunk bed with twin beds - great for kids. Dinner on the screened in porch, followed by a board or card game is a great way to end the day after a long day in the lake swimming, tubing, boating or playing.
There is a canoe available on the property and two kayaks, along with a few noodles and other lake toys. The lake is deep and clear. You can see the fish swimming around the dock! Bring your own boat and launch it at the public boat ramp or rent a boat at the Lake Santeetlah Marina. The water at our dock is very deep and will allow almost any size boat to be docked there. There is fresh water fishing in the lake, with all different types of bass: largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, white and striped bass. Walleye, catfish and crappie are also caught on the lake. Fly fishing for trout is just off the lake in the creeks leading to the lake, with Buffalo Creek, Big Snowbird Creek and Yellow Creek local favorite places. Some rivers are hatchery supported and some only have wild trout.
The area around the cottage has a lot to offer to explore or for a rainy day. Cherokee is about 1 hour north on Hwy 74/441. Scenic train rides take you around the mountains starting in Bryson City. Tsali Recreation Area is nationally known for its mountain bike rides, with 42 miles of trails. Closer to home, the famous Tail of the Dragon starts just outside of Town, along with Moonshiner Highway (Rt 28) and the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest has trees so large it takes a group of people to put their arms all the way around a single tree. The Appalachian Trail is just 8 miles from Lake Santeetlah along with other shorter hikes to waterfalls and beautiful creeks. And yes, there are bears in the area, so be aware! There is also white water rafting on the Nantahala River or the Little Tennessee River just outside of Town.
Come, enjoy your stay, relax, have fun and make memories!
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About the owner: Our family has rented cottages on different lakes on the East Coast, and Lake Santeetlah is the only lake that we have returned to more than once. The lake and the views are unbelievable. I love having coffee on the dock and watching the 'smoke' roll over the mountains in the morning. The nights are very quiet and the stars seem close enough to touch. Earlier this year, we purchased this cottage. It was unexpected as we hadn't been looking to buy at this time, as we are just sending our last child off to college and have summer plans. So, we are listing it for rent so other families can enjoy the lake as we have done in the past.