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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish at Lake Phelps in North Carolina.

Phelps Lake, NC

This big, shallow lake near the North Carolina coastline can be a haven for bass, crappie and sunfish enthusiasts. Phelps Lake is a 16,600-acre lake, two miles south of Creswell, NC. The lake is a big bowl with little shoreline contour. Virtually all the banks have submerged trees and vegetation, and there are boats docks scattered around the lake. There are boat launch ramps for public use - one paved ramp for bigger boats, and many places around the lake to launch canoes or kayaks. Boaters should be cautious due to the shallowness of the majority of the lake.

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Phelps Lake, located in North Carolina, is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts seeking a serene and secluded fishing experience. Nestled within the stunning scenery of the North Carolina mountains, Phelps Lake offers anglers a tranquil setting to cast their lines and reel in some impressive catches.

The lake is home to a variety of fish species, making it a paradise for anglers of all interests. Trout, including rainbow trout and brown trout, are regularly stocked in Phelps Lake, providing ample opportunities for trout fishing enthusiasts. These cold-water species thrive in the lake's clear and pristine waters, offering exciting angling experiences.

One notable feature of Phelps Lake is its remote and undisturbed nature, providing a sense of tranquility that is perfect for those seeking a peaceful fishing experience away from the crowds.

Phelps Lake in North Carolina offers a peaceful and secluded fishing experience amidst the breathtaking beauty of the mountains. With its variety of trout species, boating opportunities, and nearby camping options, Phelps Lake provides a serene setting for anglers to enjoy their favorite pastime. Whether you're an avid trout angler or simply seeking a tranquil escape in nature, Phelps Lake offers a serene fishing experience in the heart of North Carolina's scenic landscape.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Phelps

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Bluegill Pumpkinseed

Phelps Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating is permitted on Phelps Lake, allowing anglers to explore its tranquil waters and access prime fishing spots. Electric motor boats and canoes are popular choices for navigating the lake. The peaceful atmosphere and scenic beauty create a serene boating experience, allowing anglers to soak in the natural surroundings while seeking out their favorite fishing spots.

Camping is available near Phelps Lake, offering anglers and outdoor enthusiasts the chance to extend their fishing trip and immerse themselves in the beauty of the surrounding wilderness. There are camping options in the nearby Nantahala National Forest, providing facilities such as campsites, picnic areas, and restroom facilities. Camping near Phelps Lake allows anglers to wake up to the sounds of nature, enjoy peaceful evenings around a campfire, and fully embrace the outdoor adventure.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Pettigrew State Park Campground - 252 797-4475

Pungo Camp Ground - 252 935-5023

Riverside Campground - 252 945-9012

Lake Phelps NC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Phelps
Pettigrew State Park
2252 Lake Shore Rd
Creswell, NC 27928
252 797-4475


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Phelps Lake in North Carolina.

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Fishing at Phelps Lake, in North Carolina.