The lake has been dried up for a while, and now you know. Also, if you’re a Dirty Dancing fan, than it’s the time of your life again.
People have visited Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke VA to see the spot where Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) and dance partner, Baby (Jennifer Grey) were practicing lifts. Instead people saw a dry bed where the lake used to be.
Mountain Lake receded 12 years ago, but suddenly filled again, all thanks to geological anomalies. After the lake drained, researchers looked for signs as to why the lake seemingly floated away with the wind.
Mountain Lake exists on top of a natural cycle of rising and receding waters. With its own ‘plumbing’ system, small holes constantly drain the water out of the lake.
Environmental Studies professor Jon Cawley of Roanoke College said in 2015 that, “When the lake drains – when it actually empties out – it is cleaning itself by moving sediment that has accrued in the bottom of the lake down through that rather complex plumbing system to actually make the lake bigger, deeper, and to keep it clean.”
Mountain Lake reaches its lowest point about every 400 years. If you want to practice your dance moves the Dirty Dancing way, you’ll have to do it by 2420, seeing as that’s when the lake is set to dry out again.
What does any of this have to do with the 90s? Well, Lionsgate just announced their Dirty Dancing sequel. The flick is set to take place in the 1990s, three decades after the original 60s flick.
They may even bring back Grey as Baby. Swoon. But without Swayze, who died in 2009.
Lake Lure in North Carolina could be a possible site for the sequel as well, as there were parts f the original shot there.
If you want to go, the resort also offers a Dirty Dancing-themed weekend package to include private dance lessons, a scavenger hunt, and, of course, a dance party to satisfy your hungry eyes. If all this has you in the mood for a viewing of Dirty Dancing, it’s streaming right now on Netflix.