Lowering Iconic Lake Lure
Lake Lure was created at the mouth of Hickory Nut Gorge in 1926, and the “Million Dollar Dam” and generating turbines were a marvel in their day, but time and nature have a way of reclaiming what man has constructed. One of those turbines needed to be repaired after 92 years, and the only way to do that was to lower the level of the large lake by over ten feet. The recent wildfires delayed the work, but after the rains returned in December, the lowering began, and the work commenced.
This view is toward the northwest and Rumbling Bald Mountain, now shrouded in clouds instead of smoke.
The fires of November just before the draw down began…
Boathouses, long the symbol of the lake, sit high and dry, waiting for March and the return of the water.
At the far north end of the lake, it’s the same story near the Rumbling Bald Resort.