Lake Nantahala is a lake located in Macon County, NC and is considered one of the most pristine pure lakes in the southeast. Built in 1942, Nantahala lake has over 30 miles of shoreline and an average depth of 100 ft. Lake Nantahala has an elevation of over 3000 ft and an average temperature in July of only 86 degrees. The cool water provides excellent conditions for fish that include trout, bass, catfish, walleye crappie, sunfish, and even freshwater salmon! Lake Nantahala is the only lake in North Carolina to have Kokanee Salmon. Lake Nantahala is a perfect spot for those who want seclusion without having to worry about crowded waterways and boat traffic.