You might ask what's the purpose of a comparison between these two lakes. Firstly, I was struck by the similarities. Two communities with private lakes of similar size with adjoining secondary private lakes of similar size alongside a golf course. They each even had their own "Spivey Queen" boat for cruising the lakes. The Spivey Queen is gone now but Lake Toxaway still has Miss Lucy, a 26 passenger mahogany launch. A secondary purpose of this blog is to highlight the potential of these lakes, especially Lake Spivey.
|A picture of the Spivey Queen taken in the early 1960's|
Of course Lake Spivey is located in Georgia just south of Atlanta. Downtown Atlanta is 21 miles away. The convenience of interstate highways I-20, I-75 and I-85 are minutes away. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is less than 20 miles away. Lake Toxaway is located in North Carolina. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, the closest metropolitan areas to Lake Toxaway are Asheville, NC and Greensboro, SC which are 50 and 55 miles away, respectively. So, if you live near Lake Toxaway and need a loaf of bread, you'd better pack a lunch.
|Map centered on Lake Spivey, Georgia|
|Map centered on Cashiers, North Carolina|
Lake Spivey and Lake Toxaway allow power boats. Jet skis are not allowed in Lake Toxaway. Lake Jodeco also allows power boats but Lake Cardinal does not.
|Calm water on Lake Spivey|
|A ski boat on Lake Spivey|
|A pontoon boat tie-up on Lake Spivey|
|Susan and Max ready for a boat ride on Lake Spivey|
|A home and dock on Lake Spivey|
|One of the community marinas on Lake Spivey|
|The shoreline on Lake Spivey|
|Homes on Lake Spivey|
|A grand estate on Lake Spivey|
Lake Toxaway and Lake Spivey are neither water reservoirs or used for power generation. So, as you might expect, the level of both lakes remain relatively unchanged throughout the year in spite of changes in rainfall. During the 2008 drought in Georgia the water level of Lake Spivey reportedly was three inches below full pool. Susan and I couldn't tell a difference between 2008 and 2013, a year when we had at or near record rainfall amounts.
Located in the Nantahala National Forest, Lake Toxaway boasts pristine mountain vistas, clear trout filled streams and narrow, steep, winding roads lined with rhododendrons and mountain laurels. There seems to be very little poison ivy. Lake Spivey, being so close to a major metropolitan area is more of a suburb of Atlanta with the the manicured lawns and trimmed hedges that these communities bring.
Annual fees for members of the Lake Toxaway Community Association are around $2200. The fees for Lake Spivey Civic Association are around $750 annually. There are similar extra fees for boats on both lakes. Lake Spivey has an optional $45 fee to fund the 4th of July fireworks show. Membership in the private Lake Toxaway Country Club is considerably more.
|The annual 4th of July Fireworks Show on Lake Spivey|
|The Lake Spivey Golf Club entrance|
|The Reid Stephens Heritage Park and Wildlife Sanctuary near Lake Spivey|
Lake Toxaway has been under development since the 1960's. The 5000 acre development is still actively promoted by the Lake Toxaway Company and as such it has an active marketing program with accompanying literature.
Lake Toxaway has a Dam to Dam Swim. Lake Spivey has the Swim Across America.
|The Greystone Inn's Lake Toxaway boats - Miss Lucy is on the right|
|Lake Toxaway marina|
|The view of Lake Toxaway from the marina|
|A selfie at Lake Toxaway|
|The shoreline along Lake Toxaway|
|Accommodations at The Greystone Inn|
|The entrance to The Greystone Inn|
|The view of Lake Toxaway from the water's edge at the inn|
|The view of Lake Toxaway from the inn|
|Moss on the roof of The Greystone Inn|
|The Lake Toxaway marina has slips for about 110 boats|
|Lake Cardinal which flows into Lake Toxaway|
|Lake Toxaway at the dam area between Lake Cardinal and Lake Toxaway|
|A home near Lake Toxaway|
|Lake Toxaway Company real estate information package|
So, obviously we like both lakes. They both have their own appeal, their similarities and their differences. We're still searching for the perfect place to retire away from the big city. Lake Toxaway seems to be a place that begs a second look.
Call Susan if you'd like to see any homes in the Lake Spivey or Lake Toxaway area.
Thanks for reading.
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