Lake Hiwassee Water Levels Lower in October

Lake Hiwassee in Murphy NC is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and controlled by the Hiwassee Dam. It’s quite a sight to see! During the off-season, the lake is lowered to control flooding further downstream. Years ago, Nashville and nearby areas were flooding and it was amazing how fast the lake levels shot up to hold water back and keep the flooding from being worse. It’s an amazing engineering feat to be able to do that!

One question I often get is, “what does it look like when Lake Hiwassee water goes down?” There’s no better way to show you than on video! Click play below and see the lake. Want to own a mountain lake home? Let us know or search online! Most of the homes on the water are in Bear Paw Resort. I personally own a home there and wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s quite an amazing place!

Spectacular Hiwassee Lake Front Home For Sale in Bear Paw Resort in Murphy NC

This spectacular LAKE HIWASSEE in Murphy NC Information DEEP WATER LAKEFRONT home for sale in Bear Paw Resort Information in Murphy NC has SO much to offer! comboTwo 2 massive porches to enjoy the lake, sloping yard, pavilion on the water, and a private dock let you enjoy the lake any way you want –  imagine swimming and boating all summer. The living room has high ceilings and tons of light. The french doors virtually merge the porch to the interior. Inside you have a master suite, loft, and a second bedroom which offers lots of space! The FULL FINISHED basement has a full bathroom and will make a great recreation room, sleeping quarters, and can easily be made to multiple more rooms. Located in Bear Paw, you have many amenities such as the marina, pool, tennis & basketball court, gated entrance, and more!


Privacy on 2.06 Acres in Bear Paw Resort in Murphy NC

PERFECT PRIVACY on an UNHEARD OF 2.06+/- acres in Bear Paw Resort!Eubanks (Main) This chalet home for Sale in Murphy NC has wonderful features and EVERYTHING Bear Paw has to offer! It’s in great shape and has been barely used. Wonderful covered porch, nice patio at the basement, AND 5 lots. Inside is a gas log fireplace, large loft bedroom with walk-in closet and private bath. Basement has a bedroom, a bonus room, and a storage/utility. You have access to the Bear Paw amenities including the pool, tennis courts, marina, Lake Hiwassee, gated entrance with 24-hr guard, and much more! A MUST SEE!

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Condominium in Bear Paw with Beautiful View of Lake Hiwassee in Murphy NC

This condominium has a beautiful view of Lake Hiawassee soCopenhaver (Main) big that it feels like you can drop a bobber in the water from your deck! That and the view of the mountains is quite spectacular in its own right. It is also mostly FURNISHED!  This condo in Bear Paw has practically no maintenance and features a charming kitchen with marble counter tops!  It also has a vaulted ceiling, living room with fireplace, a master suite, a second bedroom and bath, a dining room, and an office. Along with all this, you will have all the features of Bear Paw! A Gated Entrance, marina, pool, tennis court, pavilion, and so much more!

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Lake Hiwassee Big Sweep in Murphy NC

Here you can see our event co-ordinators, Debbie Weatherly and Trevor Lovin, showing off their huge pile of trash!

Once a year, folks converge on Lake Hiwassee in Murphy NC for an event known as “The Big Sweep.” It’s a noble event with a single goal – to remove trash from the shore of one of Murphy’s best kept secrets.

The 2012 Lake Hiwassee Big Sweep was this past Saturday at the Hanging Dog Campground. Albeit a rainy day, especially in the morning, about 60 or so dedicated people showed up and raked in a huge pile of trash! As you can see from the picture, it’s quite a bit of trash. The stockpile included a couple dozen tires, an old refrigerator (how’d that get in the lake?!?!), LOTS of plastic bottles, glass bottles, and other general junk. There’s no telling where it all comes from, I just know there’s a whole lot less out there. And in fact, there was approximately 15,000 pounds of trash removed!

Katie and I arrive geared up to kick some trash!

It’s a great event that’s a lot of fun! You get to spend time with friends, make new ones, get on one of the prettiest lakes you’ve ever seen, and make a positive impact. A good customer and friend, Mike Briggs, even joined us before his house hunting trip! Even he thought it was a great trip and wants to go to it next year. It’s a great cause, so we certainly would love to see you there next year!

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NC State Record Striped Bass Fish Caught on Lake Hiwassee in Murphy NC

It’s official! The North Carolina state record has just been broken! Tyler Shields of Murphy NC just caught a 66.1 pound striped bass! It’s a HUGE fish at 47.5 inches long and a 35 inch girth. It was caught using 10 lb. test line with a Zoom worm! It’s quite an amazing story of a record caught right here on Lake Hiwassee. What’s even neater is the previous state record was set in 1991 with a 54.2 lb. fish also on Lake Hiwassee.

Congratulations Tyler!

To everyone else, happy fishing!

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Among Worldwide Uncertainty, You’ll Find Consistency Here in Murphy NC – An Article for the Cherokee Scout

Here’s an article I wrote for the Cherokee Scout (Murphy NC’s local newspaper) and is scheduled to be published in their next edition of their magazine, Country Roads. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

No matter where you look, it seems as though there is constant bad news… a new prospect of disaster throughout the World. Whether it is the Greek debt crisis, the threat of rising fuel costs, Iranian nuclear testing, US debt, you name it.  There’s something on every horizon that leads to an uncertain future that seems to grow at an almost exponential rate.

It seems that no matter what news makes you most uncomfortable, one thing is certainly true: human nature generally seeks stability and reliability. When I look through the news to find out what is happening in other areas even just within the United States, there are natural disasters that decimate entire towns – hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, flooding, and so many other events that quite simply are scary. Destruction of property, loss of life, and years to rebuild are imminent. Combined with crime that plagues other areas, I must say we are blessed to live in one of the greatest areas of the United States.

Every day I drive through the streets of Murphy and count blessings. We generally don’t have major natural disasters – and you can usually tell that on your home insurance! Instead of thousands of dollars that many from other areas pay, it’s generally in the hundreds range. On every corner you see someone you know… a neighbor, a friend, a family member. When you park your car, you can rest easy knowing it won’t be on blocks when you come back. We truly live in a wonderful place!

It’s a blessing to be able to help share our area with folks. People come from far and wide to vacation, retire, get away, camp, and celebrate here with us. It’s always amazing to be showing homes to someone not from here and learn the reason of what brings them to Murphy in the first place. Over the years, I’ve heard many different reasons.  So here are couple stories I’ll share with you showing that things remain constant in Murphy.

I’ve talked to many folks who would come up over the summer to Bear Paw as a kid with their parents. They would fish on the lake, swim at the pool, play tennis, and surely chase the long lost summer love. A couple decades later, they return here to keep those memories alive with their spouse and give the opportunity for their kids to create their own memories.

Weather is a constant hot topic. Being in the Westernmost corner of North Carolina certainly has its advantages. Folks who want to be able to enjoy the four seasons without major heat or cold extremes find Murphy to be the best spot. Not only do we have great seasons and temperatures, the Western mountains bypass many heavy storms to the North and South of us. I even spoke with a gentleman who told me they settled here simply because those mountains not only diverted storms, but air pollution too. He said that gave us far better air quality than many other places.

One of the most unique and medically interesting reasons I have heard is some doctors are apparently saying that Murphy is a great place for those diagnosed with MS (Multiple Schleoris). I have spoken with a couple people now who have been diagnosed with it who swear that moving to Murphy was one of the best things they ever did. The combination of a variety of factors we have has even caused their disease to reverse and made them get better. I certainly cannot explain it, yet it apparently is a huge reason for those with the disease to come to the area.

Water – yes water is always a favorite in the mountains. Creeks, rivers, Lake Hiwassee, or the fishing and sports that come from them, water is a constant favorite. There’s nothing like water crashing over a rocky creek bed, a boat on the lake, or a kayak on a river to soothe your soul.

Being a Realtor, one aspect of Murphy that makes me proud is the fact that we have the greatest real estate values in the mountains. I’ve worked with many people that have chosen to buy a home in Murphy as opposed to other mountain towns simply because they feel they can buy a better home for their dollar. Perhaps they want a larger home for the same amount of money, more features, or simply save some money for a similar property, it comes down to the fact Murphy has a little bit of everything to offer.

So when you look around in the newspaper and it reads, “Imminent fear around the corner” or “so-and-so did such-and-such,” rest assured there is a place where there is a getaway from the incessant bad news. There’s a place where great weather, gorgeous views at every turn, or the best people you could ask for are all around. Yes, Murphy is the greatest place in the world to hang your hat and call your home away from home.

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Amazing Land with Mountain AND Lake Views in Murphy NC

Holy cow – this is one amazing piece of land! It has so many benefits – it’s hard to believe! This property has spectacular mountain views in every direction you turn – and even overlooks part of Hiwassee Lake!

When it comes to building, it’s hard to beat. The property is extraordinarily gentle giving you a great place to build. It’s complete with underground utilities and even city water – which is a rarity!

It also has great access! The main road is paved and its 5 minutes or less from downtown. You simply cannot beat this property!


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Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses in Murphy, North Carolina

Lots of folks like to hunt and fish when they come to Murphy, NC. With all the land, US Forest Service, and Lake Hiwassee around us, it gives you a lot of opportunity to find a great hunting or fishing spot and bag the animal you’re searching for.

North Carolina Wildlife Commission issues a wide variety of hunting and fishing licenses. The Sportsman’s license allows you to both hunt and fish most game. They offer excellent rates! And if you are retirement age, the price is dirt cheap. Here are the lifetime Sportsman hunting license rates in NC as of this writing for NC residents:

  • Ages 12 and older: $500
  •  Ages 1-11: $350
  •  Ages Under 1: $200
  •  Age 65 or Older: $15
  •  Disabled Veteran (50%+ disabled): $100
  •  Totally Disabled Person: $100

To learn more and verify up to date costs and requirements, you can visit the NC Wildlife Commission’s website at . There website is a huge resource with tons of information. You can verify current license costs under the main header, “Licensing.” You can even buy your license online!

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2 Bedroom 2 Bath Home for Sale in Murphy on a Private Land

Amazing! This singlewide manufactured home for sale rests on approximately 7 ½ beautiful acres of land with lots of privacy right here in Murphy NC!

The home itself is extremely nice – it has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Not only that, it was built in 2005 with lots of upgrades – including a fireplace, TWO porches, a permanent foundation, extra insulation, an electric heat pump that provides central air conditioning and heat, and much more! It’s got a great floor plan and comes with all the major appliances. It’s ready to go! There are even two nice storage buildings and a double carport to keep your tools and toys.

The land is beautifully manicured and is truly park-like. The landscaping is impeccable and is designed to be low maintenance. With the stream running through the 7.5+/- acres, there’s so much you can do! There are many home sites and it’s extremely gentle. Not only that, you’re close to Lake Hiwassee, Bear Paw, and two marinas! If you’re looking for a reasonably priced home in the mountains that’s first class, this is it!

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