Sutton Lake


Sutton Lake is a huge lake in northwestern New Hanover County. It is man made, and provides cooling water for the steam plant on the southeast shore. However, the lake is actually quite beautiful, with clean water and lots of wildlife. There are many narrow, wooded islands and peninsulas, so make sure you don't lose your bearings. In windy weather, the swells become surprisingly big, so watch out and bring a spray skirt.

DIRECTIONS: Take Highway 421 out of town, heading northwest. After several miles, hang a left onto Sutton Lake Road, where there should also be a sign for the Fish & Wildlife boat ramp, which is where you are going. Follow the road all the way to the end (the last part of it will be dirt), where the boat ramp is. There's plenty of parking.

Difficulty Easy (Moderate to Difficult in high winds)
Hazards A fishing boat here and there, some submerged tree stumps (most are easy to spot).
Time It can take 3-4 hours to explore the entire lake!
Serenity If you can ignore the steam plant, the lake is actually quite scenic and wild. There are very few other signs of civilization. The water is very clear and in calm water you can see 5-6 feet bellow the boat.
Map Sutton Lake Map
Geocahe Nearby Sutton Lake Geocache