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Lake SusanNE Buncombe County. Formed by a dam on Flat Creek in Montreat.
Lake TaborS Columbus County. Formed by a dam on Grissett Swamp. Covers 8 acres, with a max. depth of 15 ft. Known as Spiveys Pond in the early twentieth century, when it was used to provide waterpower to operate a gristmill. The dam broke in 1950. The site was purchased by Tabor City, the dam was rebuilt, and the name was changed in 1955.
Lake TahomaW McDowell County on Buck Creek and Little Buck Creek. Formed about 1927 by J. Q. Gilkey of Marion. The name, an Indian word believed to mean "mountain lake of the gods," was suggested by Mary Hudgins of Marion. Covers approx. 500 acres; max. depth 30 to 40 ft. Owned by Lake Tahoma, Inc., a landholding corporation.
Lake Thorpean irregular-shaped reservoir in W Jackson County formed in 1941 by a dam on the West Fork of Tuckasegee River. Originally known as Glenville Lake for the nearby community; renamed in 1951 for J. E. S. Thorpe, former president of Nantahala Power and Light Company. Also known for a time as Thorpe Reservoir. Covers 1,462 acres, with a max. depth of 135 ft. Used to generate hydroelectric power and for recreation. Alt. 3,492.
Lake Tilleryon Pee Dee River in Montgomery and Stanly Counties. Formed in 1928. Covers 5,260 acres, with a shoreline of 104 mi. and a max. depth of 89 ft. Owned by Progress Energy and used for generating hydroelectric power, boating, swimming, and fishing. Originally named Norwood Lake for nearby town of Norwood. Renamed for former president of the company, Paul A. Tillery (1880-1933).
Lake TomahawkSE Buncombe County on Tomahawk Branch.
Lake Toxawayresort community in W Transylvania County on Toxaway River. The original Toxaway Inn, built in 1901, became a popular resort for the wealthy. The lake, formed in 1903, covered 540 acres, with a shoreline of 15 mi. and a max depth of 50 ft. The dam was destroyed in the flood of 1916 but was rebuilt in 1961. The lake now covers 900 acres, the largest privately owned lake in W North Carolina, and is surrounded by homes. There is also a golf course and an airport in the community. The name is derived from the Cherokee word Tortzoo-whah (redbird).
Lake TrojanS central Wake County on a tributary of Swift Creek. Formed about 1900 and called Yates Mill Pond for the owner of the mill. Name changed in the 1950s. Covers 20 acres, with a max. depth of 15 ft. Used as a source of power and for fishing and swimming. Mill open to the public.
Lake Viewpond on Flatrock Creek in N Franklin County. Formed 1890. Known as Hunts Pond until 1931. Covers 10 acres; max. depth 12 ft.
Lake Waccamawa natural lake in NE Columbus County, 5 mi. long and 3 mi. wide. Surrounding area drains into the lake; appears on Moseley map, 1733. Named for local tribe of Indians.

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