The Town of Lake Santeetlah
The Town of Lake Santeetlah is a town in Graham County, North Carolina, six miles (10 km) north of Robbinsville and within fifteen miles (24 km) of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on a peninsula surrounded by Lake Santeetlah—which in turn is largely surrounded by Nantahala National Forest. The town has more than two hundred residences, many of them second homes owned by permanent residents of Florida and Georgia. The town was organized in 1989 as Santeetlah; in 1999, it changed its name to Lake Santeetlah. The full-time population is 43 at the 2010 census. Santeetlah Lake and the Cheoah District of the Nantahala National Forest which surrounds it provide exceptional recreational opportunities. The lake has a variety of fish including small mouth bass, large mouth bass, walleye, crappie, bream, and lake trout. Santeetlah Marina is the only full-service marina on a lake that has 76 miles (122 km) of shoreline. There are more than fifty primitive campsites scattered around the lake that include a picnic table and fire ring. There are over 200 miles (320 km) of hiking trails in the Cheoah District, and one can hike about eight miles (13 km) from Lake Santeetlah to the Appalachian Trail. Approximately a mile from the town is Cheoah Point Recreation Area, which has developed swimming, camping, and picnic facilities as well as a boat ramp.
Important News & Notices:
To the citizens of Graham County NC: The Graham County Board of Commissioners has authorized a county wide state of emergency declaration. The details of the declaration will take several days to implement. Starting Friday, March 20, 2020 a curfew will be put in place. The curfew will start at 10:00 pm and extend till 6:00am and wlll be for an indefinite period. Persons that are going to and from work will be exempt from the curfew.
A) Effective Monday, March 23,2020 all accommodation businesses shall close for business at 12:00 noon. Accommodations defined are hotels, motels, cabins, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, or any public rental facility that typically rents for less than one month.
B) By Friday, March 27, 2020 the following highways will be closed or have restricted access. 1) Cherohala Skyway will be closed to all traffic 2) Highways US 129 and NC 28 at Deals Gap will be restricted to local resident traffic and commercial traffic 3) US 129 at Topton will be restricted to pass through detour traffic, commercial traffic, and local resident traffic only. Once the US 74 detour is ended then US 129 will be restricted to local traffic and commercial traffic only. 4) NC Highway 28 going east from Stecoah will be restricted to local and detour traffic only and commercial traffic. Once the detour is ended NC 28 will be restricted to local and commercial traffic only. Persons travelling these highways should be prepared to show a Graham County address or proof of property ownership for non-residents to be able to enter Graham County.
We understand that this decision will impact a lot of people. It will cause people to be temporarily laid off from work. We will post information on how to file for unemployment benefits on the Graham County website. We accept that these are drastic steps to some degree, but we have to do what is necessary to keep people safe. The President of the United States has asked everyone to stay home and eliminate unnecessary travel. We support that decision.
By: Dale Wiggins, Chairman of the County Board of Commissioners.
If you have any questions you can contact the Graham County Manager’s office at 828-479-7960, Graham County Travel and Tourism 828-479-3790 or visit the Graham County Board of Commissioners website.
At this time Town Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. To maintain the safety of staff and Town officials all meetings will be cancelled in April. To contact Town Hall please call (828) 479-8190 or email email@example.com.
The March 30 water billing will be sent next week.
Cancelled - April 14th, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Town Hall
Cancelled - April 16th, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Town Hall
Rock Netting Coming to Nantahala Gorge Slide Area
Scaling requires closure of U.S. 19/74 section for one week
SYLVA – N.C. Department of Transportation officials recently awarded a $450,000 contract to increase the stability of a hill beside U.S. 19/74 in the Nantahala Gorge that has suffered from recent slides.
The preliminary work to be completed by GeoStabilization International requires a closure of U.S. 19/74 in the gorge starting Monday, March 9, and lasting through the week.
Drivers will be routed through Robbinsville — as they have been during recent closures due to slides — which adds about 20 minutes to commute times.
Crews from GSI will spend the week scaling a slide area near Ferebee Memorial Picnic Area with hand tools including axes, shovels, and pry-bars to remove loose material and prepare the area for the next phase of repairs.
Once the scaling is complete, likely on Sunday, March 15, traffic will return to the current one-lane pattern with a traffic signal at the slide area.
Then crews will spend the next two to three weeks installing rock bolts and 9,000 square feet of steel netting to stabilize the slide area and prevent additional dirt and debris from entering the highway at this location. The roadway should open to two-way traffic by the first weekend in April.
“During this very technical work, it is safest for drivers and the crews to have the road closed,” said NCDOT Assistant District Engineer Zach Shuler. “Once it opens back to one lane, drivers will need to be cautious in the area and expect the unexpected, like seeing workers dangling by ropes from the hillside like mountain climbers.”
This hillside in the Nantahala Gorge suffered a slide on Jan. 4 that closed the highway and forced NCDOT officials to set up a small catchment area and install the traffic signal for the safety of passing drivers.
During the closure, the detour will direct westbound traffic from U.S. 19/74 to N.C. 28 to Stecoah, N.C. 143 to Robbinsville and U.S. 129 to Topton and U.S. 74. Eastbound traffic will go to Robbinsville and then Stecoah en route back to U.S. 19/74. Visitors may still access the Nantahala Outdoor Center from the east.
*Town Property Owners*
- There are TOLS Recycle Bins available at Town Hall for those who would like to pick one up.
We appreciate all those who participate!
*Please do not put plastic bags in the recycling trailer. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!
The Recycling Program is underway at Lake Santeetlah. You can pick up your 14-gallon recycling bin at Town Hall. Click here for a brochure of allowable recycling materials. The recycling trailer is located in the parking lot at Town Hall and is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All recyclables must be dumped at the trailer at Town Hall or taken to the County transfer station on Snowbird Road near Stanley Furniture. The Town recycling trailer is emptied every week during summer months and every 2 weeks during colder weather. Contact Town Hall if you have any questions about the recycling program or any problems with the trailer.