Falls Lake came into existence in 1981 when the Army Corps of Engineers constructed a dam on the Neuse River. Originally intended as a regional water supply and flood mitigation measure, the lake also plays a vital role in preserving water quality downstream during drought periods. However, a delightful outcome emerged from this endeavor, as the lake not only fulfilled its practical purpose but also transformed into a recreational paradise for residents in the surrounding region.
Spanning across 12,400 acres of water, Falls Lake is encompassed by an additional 25,600 acres of publicly accessible land. Nature enthusiasts will be delighted to learn that approximately 13,600 acres were designated as wildlife habitats around the lake, providing a haven for diverse species to flourish. With seven distinct areas surrounding the lake, including the Shinleaf Recreation Area, visitors can enjoy boating, waterfowling, swimming, picnicking, camping, hiking, and biking. Falls Lake is truly a special place where nature and adventure come together!