Lake Hiwassee is surrounded by the Nantahala & Cherokee National Forest, and offers spectacular scenery. Lake Hiwassee is primarily fed by the Hiwassee, Nottely, and Valley rivers. The lake covers 6,090 acres with almost 180 miles of shoreline; it measures 22 miles long and more than 200 feet deep in places.

The Tennessee Valley Authority dam, also named Hiwassee, was completed in 1940 for flood control and electric power. At 307 feet, it is the highest overspill dam in the world, the dam stretches 1,376 across the Hiwassee River. As its waters head west, Lake Hiwassee feeds into Appalachia Lake. In conjunction with Lake Chatuge, these three lakes along the Tusquittee River are collectively referred to as the Chain of Lakes, offering boating, water-skiing, swimming, and fishing opportunities against a peaceful mountain landscape.

Boater, canoer, and kayakers will find easy access to the water at the Hanging Dog Recreation Area on Lake Hiwassee with a campground, picnic area, hiking trails, and a boat launching ramp.


Lake Hiwassee

Welcome to, your premier online destination for all things related to Lake Hiwassee water sports. Whether you are a novice seeking an exhilarating experience or an experienced adventurer looking for new thrills, we have got you covered. At, we understand the unique allure of Lake Hiwassee and strive to bring you top-of-the-line equipment and services that will enhance your time on the water.

With our extensive range of paddleboards, jet skis, kayaks, and boats, you can easily explore every nook and cranny of this stunning lake. Our team consists of passionate professionals who are knowledgeable about the area and dedicated to ensuring your safety and providing exceptional customer service throughout your journey. Book now at, and let us make your Lake Hiwassee adventure unforgettable!

Hiwassee Outfitters

Hiwassee Outfitters is the leading provider of exhilarating water sports adventures in the scenic and awe-inspiring Hiwassee River region. As outdoor enthusiasts, we understand the desire to push boundaries and seek thrills amidst nature’s magnificent playground. At, our website is your gateway to an unforgettable aquatic experience tailored to your interests and preferences. With a wide array of activities suited for individuals, families, or groups of friends, we offer something for everyone seeking an adrenaline rush on the water.

From heart-pounding whitewater rafting expeditions that challenge even the most experienced adventurers to serene tubing trips perfect for leisurely floating along gentle currents, our team of professionals curates experiences that cater to all skill levels and comfort zones. Whether you are a beginner looking for guided tours led by certified instructors or a seasoned pro seeking equipment rentals for independent exploration on kayaks or paddleboards – Hiwassee Outfitters has got you covered.

Our commitment to safety is unwavering; each activity adheres strictly to industry-best practices while ensuring top-notch gear and comprehensive instruction guarantee peace of mind throughout your excursion. Our user-friendly website offers detailed information about each activity and transparent pricing structures, making planning and booking your ultimate adventure at effortless. But beyond serving as an online booking platform, our digital presence features breathtaking visual content showcasing the unparalleled beauty surrounding the Hiwassee River with its crystal-clear waters meandering through lush forests.


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Welcome our newest wake boat to the fleet: the ATX! Powered by a Raptor 400 motor and equipped with the GO and Taps3 system, the ATX is built to impress.

A pontoon boat with a canopy on it, perfect for a relaxing day on the water.

Reserve a tritoon with 150-horsepower outboard. Rentals come with an equipped ski tow bar, which is great for tubing, water skiing, and wakeboarding. Vessel seats 12 guests.

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Since our surf boats are always in demand, we have just introduced the all-new 21′ Chaparral Surf. This stern drive boat is great for the whole family. Surf, ski, wakeboard, tube, and kneeboard behind this exciting new rental!

A 2017 Yamaha VXR jet ski at Young Harris Watersports & RV in Hartford, New Hampshire

Request a new Yamaha VX Waverunner. This new technology makes on-the-water operation a breeze. Jet ski seats 2 adults.

A pontoon boat with a canopy on it at Young Harris Watersports & RV

Our premium tritoon with 250-horsepower outboard includes an equipped ski tow bar. This vessel seats 14 guests and is great for tubing, water skiing, and wakeboarding.

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