Lake Hickory was created in 1927 with the completion of Oxford Dam. The lake covers 4,200 acres and has over 100 miles of shoreline. Over 20 miles of the shoreline have been dedicated as nature reserves, and they remain pristine, beautiful, and natural. It is an extremely popular destination for residents who love the outdoors. As a fully recreational lake, boating, sailing, jet skis, water skiing, swimming and fishing are all permitted, and many spots on the lake offer mountain views.
The lake brings with it many opportunities for fishing. Lake Hickory is best known for its bass–it has the large mouth and striped variety. There are many fishing tournaments throughout the year, hosted by several different groups. While most of the tournaments feature bass fishing, crappie are also ample, especially in Gunpowder Creek. Night fishing is advised during the summer months for crappie and bass. Lookout Shoals, about 15 miles east of Hickory, is very popular for bank fisherman. Enormous striped bass and shellcrackers are often captured. The lake’s four dams create faster moving waters that these fish, especially “stripers” love to call home.
Lake Hickory, although populated, has kept its natural beauty. You can view Blue Herrons all around the lake, and see their nesting grounds as you motor by. There are also many species of native ducks and migrating species.
For a happening social scene on the lake, make sure you check out “Sandbar Cove”. During the summer, you’ll see ten to one hundred boats tied together and anchored off the sandbar. It is the most popular gathering spot on the lake and it is a great place to show off your skiing or wakeboarding skills. If you get hungry while you’re at the sandbar, you can travel the short distance to the Rink Dam Boat Dock. There you can purchase snacks and drinks quickly. If you’ve been fishing or boating all day, you can always stop in for dinner at George’s on the Lake, which has many types of food, and live music 2 or 3 nights a week. They often host special events, and encourage people to come in, just as they are. There is also a “Tiki Bar” that serves alcohol and food, and both are located on the far west side of the lake near the 321 bridge.
Lake Hickory offers 16 lake access areas. There are city parks, access areas provided by Duke Power, and marinas. The lake has 6 marinas, and you can rent Pontoon Boats at some. A day on Lake Hickory is a day well spent. You’ll be rested and relaxed, and in a better state of mind.
If you’re interested in living on Lake Hickory, there are several options. There are gated communities that surround the lake, like Moores Ferry, Olivers Landing, Anchors Landing and Plantation Pointe. There are also many other neighborhoods with lots and houses available. Waterfront dockable lots generally start at $90,000 and homes start at around $175,000. If you think waterfront living is for you, call Chris Spencer, of Realty Executives, at 828.320.6231. He specializes in Lakefront property, and has lived on the lake his entire life. Realty Executives offers a Lake Tour for those interested in purchasing lakefront property. Chris Spencer will gladly give you an in depth tour of the lake, pointing out all of the homes for sale, in addition to the amenities of our lake.