At the heart of the Cashiers/Glenville area is the highest lake east of the Mississippi. Resting at 3,542 feet, Lake Glenville is a premier destination for anyone looking for a day on the water fishing, skiing, or just enjoying an unobstructed view of the surrounding peaks.
Lake Glenville, or Thorpe Reservoir as it was originally known, is the result of a World War II demand for aluminum. In 1940, the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) constructed Thorpe Dam to power a factory built to answer the wartime demands. The resulting reservoir soon turned the Glenville community from agriculture grounds to lakefront property.
With over 26 miles of shoreline and depths of up to 125 feet, Lake Glenville is a recreational dream. From casting plugs for largemouth bass to crossing wakes belly-down on tubes, visitors are presented with an abundance of recreational opportunities.
In the pristine waters of Glenville, visitors can enjoy swimming, boating, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, and a barrage of other water sports.
Travelers with the fishing bug can test their skill against largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, trout, and a smorgasbord of panfish. Fishing in Lake Glenville is especially productive during spring and fall, but trophies can be taken year round.
Folks looking for a quiet escape on the water can take full advantage of panoramic views of Appalachia, serene wildlife, and three easy-to-access waterfalls: Norton Falls, Mill Creek Falls, and Hurricane Falls.
Carol Adams, a member of the local nonprofit Friends of Lake Glenville, states that these "incoming waterfalls, seen only from a boat, add to the beauty and special features of Lake Glenville."
"The lake's shoreline is a beautiful green vista," Adams adds. "There are no boat houses to disrupt the view of shoreline flora and fauna."
With no disruptions and one of the few places in the area with 360-degree views from the valley, the lake is a great vantage point for leaf lookers wanting a full-on picture of the fall colors. From the middle of the lake, visitors are ensconced by fall's brilliance as the lake's surface reflects the surrounding mountains.
Residents or visitors can easily access the lake from two points along Highway 107: Ralph J. Andrews Campground and Signal Ridge Marina.
Andrews Campground provides 47 campsites (both tent sites and RV sites) from April 15 to October 31. With picnic areas, fishing spots, showers, and bathrooms, the campground delivers practical accommodations while giving a taste of the outdoors. Located on Pine Creek Road off of Highway 107, the grounds also have a full-time camp manager to answer any questions visitors may have.
A marina and boat rental establishments offer easy access for families looking to get out on the water.
"Lake Glenville is very family oriented," said Mary Shuey, who works at a Glenville marina. "I see children with parents and grandchildren with grandparents. This lake brings generations together."
Getting on the water is as simple as stopping by a marina or boat rental establishment and renting a boat. On Glenville, visitors can rent pontoons, tritoons, bass boats, kayaks and canoes.
Besides providing easy access to the lake, local businesses offer customers bait, tackle, skies, wakeboards, tubes, outdoor attire, and snacks. You can also find recreational equipment, including fishing rods and kneeboards.
Whether you want to catch the scenery or drop a line, Lake Glenville is an aquatic playground for anyone who ventures off its banks. Easy-access and comfortable water make Lake Glenville a prime destination for visitors young and old.
Article courtesy of Crossroads Chronicle - By Staff Writer David Joy