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Mountain Heritage Trout Waters


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The Mountain Heritage Trout Waters program is a cooperative effort between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and local governments to encourage trout fishing as a heritage tourism activity in western North Carolina cities that are designated as a “Mountain Heritage Trout Water City.”

The program allows anglers to fish the waters by purchasing a three-day license for just $5. Those who already have a valid N.C. fishing license and trout privilege license do not need to purchase the three-day license. The license may be purchased online through NC Fish & Wildlife or by clicking HERE.

In 2013, the cities of Sylva, Dillsboro and Webster in Jackson County were officially designated as Mountain Heritage Trout Cities, by the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission. Jackson County has the longest contiguous stretch of designated waters in the state, making up 25% of the North Carolina’s Mountain Heritage Trout Waters.

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce has maps for each city, showing the specific designated waterways. Visit the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce headquarters, located at 773 West Main Street, Sylva NC for Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Maps or call 828-586-2155.

Learn more about the Mountain Heritage Fishing License.