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Paddling Badin Lake

Badin, NC, United States
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Badin Lake is the central feature of the Uwharrie National Forest. It was created in 1917 when a dam was constructed on the Yadkin and Pee Dee Rivers, plunging the lower valleys of the region into a watery grave. Today the lake has 115 miles of shoreline and is a great spot for boating and water sports.

We spent a few days there one fall and took our kayak so we could explore the lake. There are lots of islands in the lake that are actually the tops of mountains that were once part of an ancient mountain range. There are also many narrow inlets that you can get to easily in a kayak.
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Camping is available at several camping sides, including Badin Lake Campground.
Badin Lake
Badin Lake
There are no hotels, but there are many lake houses to rent along the shores of Badin Lake.

Points of interest

Badin Lake
Badin Lake
At Badin Lake, you’ll find the beauty of nature around every bend.
Badin Lake
Badin Lake
The islands in Badin Lake are really ancient mountain peaks.

Special activities

Eldorado Outpost
I you don't have your own canoe or kayak, you can rent one from nearby Eldrado Outpost.
Badin Lake
If you like to fish, Badin Lake has lots of Largemouth Bass, Catfish, Crappie, and Walleye.

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