Lake Santeetlah is surrounded by the Cheoah District of the Nantahala National Forest. While the lake surface and land below the high water level is owned and managed by Brookfield Smoky Mountain Hydropower, LLC., almost 80 percent of the shoreline is public land managed by the Forest Service.
Lake Santeetlah has a wide variety of fish. The most popular being smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and walleye. Until recently Lake Santeetlah was home to the state record largemouth and walleye. Lake Santeetlah also has a good population of crappie, bream and lake trout. Fishing licenses are required and can be purchased at nearby Santeetlah Marina or On-Line.
Santeetlah Marina is the only full service marina on Lake Santeetlah and is located just minutes from Dock Holiday House. The marina provides full service for your boat, fueling, private ramp, parking, boat rentals, bait and boating supplies. There is a fee for using the ramp and parking.