New boating ramp opens on Cheoah Lake

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has opened a boating access Area and Public Fishing Area on the bank of the Cheoah Lake.

The Lewellyn Branch boat ramp provides boaters and anglers access to the popular lake in Swain and Graham counties, and is a result of a cost-sharing agreement with Alcoa Power.

“The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is continuously looking for opportunities to increase access to public waters across the state, and the mountain region is no exception,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “We are grateful for Alcoa’s help on this project and look forward to many years of boating and fishing access at Lewellyn Branch, thanks to this partnership.”

The one-lane boat ramp is 15-feet wide and 110-feet long, and the fishing pier is 12-by-24 feet. Both the ramp and fishing pier are handicapped accessible. Off-road parking is available. The site is on N.C. 28, 3 miles north of the junction with Fontana Dam Road.

“We are pleased to partner with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission on this project,” said Bill Bunker, vice president and operations manager of Alcoa. “The access area provides a wonderful place for individuals to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and take advantage of boating and fishing activities.”

For more information on boating in North Carolina’s waters, visit www.ncwild For information on Public Fishing Areas visit

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