5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in North Carolina

By Anna Glazebrook

5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in North Carolina

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Grab the sunscreen, hats, and towels because here in North Carolina, a day on the lake can be the best form of therapy and the best way to make memories that last a lifetime. A perfect way to experience the waters of the Old North State is on the back of a jet ski. North Carolina is truly a jet skiing paradise, with many beautiful bodies of water all across the state. Here are five exciting jet skiing spots to explore! 

1. Hyco Lake

Hyco Lake of North Carolina is a reservoir popular for water activities such as boating, fishing, jet skiing and wakeboarding. Hyco Lake is open year-round for the family—children and pets included! On the northeast side of the lake, a ski course is offered for jet skiers to use. As you ride the waters, take in the views of the homes on the lakeside, as well as the beautiful, natural areas that have remained untouched. Hyco Lake has nearby lodging options that are available for visitors who wish to stay overnight. Camping locations include primitive campsites, RV campsites, and cottages on the lake, all of which are available at reasonable rates. 

2. Lake Santeetlah

In the heart of the Nantahala National Forest, the gorgeous, clear waters of Lake Santeetlah are great to travel by jet ski. Located near the Great Smoky Mountains, this is a common destination for water recreation. Camp at the campsites along the lake to take in the fresh air nature has to offer. 

3. Lake Norman

Stretched across a total of four counties in North Carolina, Lake Norman is the largest man-made fresh body of water in the state. Jet skis can be rented from nearby Lake Norman Jet Ski Rentals, where rates go at $129 for two hours during the week and $149 for two hours on the weekend. After a day on the water and in the sunshine, a bite to eat is needed and available at several restaurants nearby such as the Lake Norman Tavern, Miciah’s Tavern, Brickhouse Tavern, Ming’s Bistro and more. 

4. Fontana Lake

Almost 17 miles-long and a part of the Nantahala National Forest, Fontana Lake allows you to get back in touch with nature with the beautiful scenery, the fresh air, and the quiet area. There are hills and mountains in the distance, making for breathtaking sights to see. Take advantage of the Stecoah Diner on your way in or out to grab comforting food in a cozy setting. 

5. Nantahala Lake

Nantahala Lake, a gorgeous gem of the area, is a part of the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. Eight miles in total, this mountain lake boasts breathtaking views and is perfect for a weekend getaway. Lakes End is an incredible resource for lake-goers whether you need to rent a jet ski, need a bite to eat, or a place to rest your head after a day of sunshine and water. 

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