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The Lake
Badin is one of the most beautiful lakes anywhere. A reservoir, built in 1917 for hydroelectric power by the Aluminum Company of America, covers 5,350 North Carolina acres with clear, accessible water year-round. This makes it a popular setting for many different recreational activities, including camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and hunting.
The Lake’s tranquil shoreline is enhanced with the flora and fauna of the forest making it a haven for birders, nature enthusiasts, and those who just love to get away from it all.
With almost one third of its 115 miles of shoreline protected from development by the adjacent Uwharrie National Forest, the warm water lake remains a pristine and preserved ecosystem.
Much deeper than other lakes, Badin’s water level is relatively stable year round so it’s ideal for boating, swimming, water skiing, tubing, fishing, and for the best part — it’s never ever crowded.
Boating
Perhaps one of the most enjoyable and exhilarating lake activities is boating: jet skis, sailboats, powerboats, and pontoon boats dot the lake. Water skiers and tubers gleefully speed around behind boats, enjoying the refreshing splash of clean, cool water. The boaters on Badin Lake are known for being very pleasant and friendly, so join the crowd and surround yourself with peaceful waters and green shores.
Fishing
The biggest fishing hole in the Uwharrie National Forest is Badin Lake. The eastern shore borders the National Forest. Anglers love the lake for its reputation as being well stocked with bream, catfish, largemouth bass, striped bass, and white bass. Naturally blessed with several different aquatic environments, anglers are encouraged to search downed trees for crappie and bass and rocky areas for largemouth bass. The State stocks about 25,000 striper fingerlings every year and Badin is known as a dependable put-and-take striper lake. Prepare your rod and your boat, and head out onto Badin Lake in pursuit of the highly-sought 20-pound stripers, 60+ pound record-winning catfish, 8-pound largemouth bass, and other trophies. The record catfish for N.C. was caught in Badin Lake..weighing in at 87 pounds!