Lake Rhodhiss (pronounced “Road-hiss” by the locals) was formed in 1925 with the creation of the Rhodhiss dam. Lake Rhodhiss is just smaller than it’s neighbor to the east (Lake Hickory) and has 90 miles of shoreline with a surface area of approximately 3,060 acres. Some beautiful mountain views can be seen from this lake and full pond elevation is 995.1 feet. There are four public boat access areas and one bank fishing area on the lake in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
The Rhodhiss dam at the eastern end is a “spillway” style dam around 65 feet high and 1,500 feet long. Spillway dams are an attractive option for lakefront property owners looking for a “flood proof” lake property. As we all know there is no such thing as “Flood Proof” but with the spillway design water actually flows over the top of the damn when it reaches full pond. That means assuming you build your home outside of the designated floodplain there is no way your home could ever flood. If there ever was a horrible flood the water would simply run over the top of the dam as it is designed to do and keep your property out of harms way.
Lake Rhodhiss has long been the forgotten lake on the Catawba River chain. Recently however it has become one of our most popular lake destinations.
The recent explosion of interest in the lake comes for several reasons
1. Clean Waters Lake Rhodhiss is the second lake from the top of the Catawba River chain (just east of Lake James) meaning it has some of the cleanest/clearest waters in the area.
2. Location For those wanting the feel and views of the mountains but more moderate temperatures this is your location. Located just north of I-40 in western North Carolina just between the cities of Hickory and Morganton you find yourself right at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
3. Nature A large portion of the Land surrounding the lake is owned by Duke Energy who maintains that thier plan is to keep Lake Rhodhiss the most naturistic lake on the Catawba River chain. As a matter of fact they have recently put into place several new restrictions making it harder to get a dock permit as well as how much of a homesite can be cleared.
3. Gated Communities There are several new lakefront communities sprouting up on both sides of lake rhodhiss which for the first time are offering a gated community style living on this lake. Examples are The Settings of Lake Rhodhiss, Paradise Harbor, Harbor Ridge, Hayes Mill Landing, Etc. Please click the Featured Listings tab to the left for available listings in these fine communities.