Lake Hiwassee, also called Hiwassee reservoir, is 22 miles long, covers 6,090 acres and is more than 200 feet deep in places. The lake’s 163 miles of shoreline is almost entirely controlled by the National Forest Service as part of the Nantahala National Forest. The lake was created and is managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority as part of the Tennessee River system. The Tennessee River system’s primary purpose is to provide low-cost, reliable hydroelectric power to the residents of the Tennessee Valley. Lake Hiwassee was formed by the construction of Hiwassee Dam for the purpose of generating hydroelectric power. Built in 1935, Hiwassee Dam is the tallest overspill dam in the world at 307 feet tall and 1,376 feet wide. In 1955, a second generating unit was added to the dam, along with the world’s largest electric motor and reversible pump-turbine. This enables water from the dam to be used to generate electricity during peak hours. During off-hours, water is then pumped 205-feet back into the Hiwassee reservoir for reuse.
Lodging Style and Amenities
Mountain View Marina proudly features a wide variety of boat rentals, paddle boards and kayaks on beautiful Lake Hiwassee in Murphy, NC. Whether your planning an afternoon of fun in the sun or an exciting family vacation, we have the watercraft and friendly staff to meet your needs.Our Tritoon Boats can be configured for fishing, skiing, swimming, tubing, wake boarding or sightseeing with 115-150hp Yamaha engines.
Mountain View Marina is located inside the gated Bear Paw Resort. We are a full service marina offering everything you need to keep you and your boat on the water all year long. Our covered boat slips come in a variety of sizes to accommodate most boats.
Mountain View Marina does not provide places to stay. The rental units listed on our website are not affiliated with Mountain View Marina but are included for your convenience. Please contact the parties directly for reservations and information. Note: if you will be bringing a boat with you, please make sure the rental unit you select has adequate parking for your boat trailer. In addition to our marina, Bear Paw has tennis courts, a children’s playground and a swimming pool available for use by its guests.
Season OpenApril to October (Fall, Winter and Spring Weather permitting)
Lake Hiwassee, NC is just minutes from the Tennessee and Georgia state lines, centrally located between Chattanooga, Knoxville, Asheville and just 2 hours North of Atlanta.
Mountain View Marina
200 Dean Aldrich Drive
Murphy, NC 28906
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Locally or Family Owned Business Notes
Your hosts, Mike and Mary Maul welcome you to come relax and make memories at Mountain View Marina.
ADA Accessibility Notes
Lake Hiwassee and other lakes in the Tennessee River system are also used by the TVA to control flooding. For this reason, Lake Hiwassee’s water level is reduced by as much as 45 feet in the winter months. This reduction in lake levels is due to increased power generation and in anticipation of any heavy snowfalls and spring rains the area may receive. Mountain View Marina has been designed to cope with these lake level changes. Lake Hiwassee does not freeze and remains navigable so our boat owners enjoy year round access to the lake, but due to the steepness of the bank it may be difficult for some. Please call ahead so we will be able to inform on the time of year.