Surrounded by mountains, “beautiful” is the best word to describe boating on Lake Toxaway. The serenity and beauty of the lake make this a wonderful place to build memories with one’s family and friends. Unlike many lakes, Lake Toxaway is not used to generate electricity or as a reservoir, so the water level remains constant at 3,010 feet above sea level. The fact that the lake is private minimizes traffic: other than the Fourth of July, there are seldom more than a dozen boats within sight on the lake. And the Fourth of July is indeed a don’t-miss day on the water, with all the families and friends just watching or participating in water sports.
Boating on Lake Toxaway is the best! We have had a home on Lake Toxaway for 24 years, and I have no idea how many hours we have spent just cruising around the lake. I can confirm that every cruise has been a pleasure. Having boated in many locations in the world, there are days that I get flashbacks of the beauty of cruising the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest, the Finger Lakes of upstate New York, or Lake Como in Italy.
In Lake Toxaway
Lake Toxaway Marina – Located on the west side of the lake near the Lake Toxaway Country Club and The Greystone Inn, the Lake Toxaway marina offers access to the lake for non-lakefront property owners, slip rentals, and fuel. For more information, call (828) 877-3155.
Lake Toxaway Marine - This full-service marine dealership specializes in new and used boat, motor, and trailer sales; service; parts and accessories; storage; and rentals. Established in 1986, Lake Toxaway Marine is located between the dam and the main entrance to Lake Toxaway Estates on U.S. Hwy. 64.
Headwaters Outfitters - Just a few miles down the mountain at the headwaters of the French Broad River, Headwaters Outfitters offers 2-hour tubing trips and 3-hour, 4-hour, and 7-hour self-guided canoe and kayak trips on the French Broad, as well as overnight canoe camping adventures.
Davidson River Rafting - Located near the entrance to the Pisgah National Forest, Davidson River Rafting offers tubing trips along the Davidson River. Call 828-243-0522 for more information.
Pura Vida Adventures -Based in Brevard, Pura Vida Adventures offers guided outdoor adventures to families and small groups which focus on exploration,discovery, and adventure. Their paddling trips range from easy lake and river paddling to whitewater rafting and inflatable kayak trips on Class II-IV rivers.
Nantahala Outdoor Center – Founded in 1972, the Nantahala Outdoor Center based in Bryson City offers whitewater rafting on seven Southeastern rivers, including the French Broad River near Asheville.