Secluded lake offers quieter pursuits

Lake Adger is a public-access lake just a few miles from Lake Lure that offers a completely different experience for those who enjoy a slower pace.


From Charlotte, it’s about 80 miles – about a 90-minute drive.

To see and do

Lake Adger, with less than 15 miles of shoreline, is nestled within private land. But a public access marina, open 24/7, allows others to enjoy this very quiet lake in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The ramp area has a small covered gazebo and a nearby restroom facility. Compared to nearby Lake Lure, with 27 miles of shoreline, you might be tempted to overlook Lake Adger.

That would be your loss.

While motorized boats are allowed on the lake, these are limited to 80 horsepower for pontoon boats and 60 hp for fishing boats. No skiing and no jet skis are allowed. The result is a tranquil lake where quiet rules.

This quiet attracts fishermen and also nonmotorized boating such as canoes and kayaks. For the fisherman, you’ll need an N.C. license in order to test your skills with a wide array of fish species including channel catfish, crappie, bream, largemouth bass, panfish and muskie. The geography of the lake is such that there are numerous coves offset from a deeper central channel.

If you like to paddle, you can certainly make a day of it. Note the shores of the lake are private property, but at the west end of the lake near the ramp – where the Green River flows into the lake and if water levels cooperate – you can explore additional terrain and perhaps find a nice takeout spot for a picnic lunch.

For nature enthusiasts, the river, a marsh area, some mud flats and the lakeside forest means that you’ll likely see a wide variety of bird species.

There are not camping facilities at the lake; but on your way to the lake you will pass the Silver Creek Campground, where you will find tent camping, RV camping and even some rental cabins. A nice, shaded fishing pond is also there.

The drive to this area is also a pleasant one.As you approach N.C. 9’s Exit 167, take some time to enjoy the mountain views. It’s a completely different skyline that area’s residents enjoy.