12 Years Later, and the ‘Dirty Dancing’ Lake is Filled Again

  • It’s been in a drought for a while, in case you didn’t know.

It’s the time of your life, again, for Dirty Dancing fans that is. 

Visitors have frequented this famous site at the Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke VA to see the spot where Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) and dance partner Baby (Jennifer Grey) were practicing lifts, but were greeted with a dry bed, where the lake used to b.


It has been 12 years now since Mountain Lake receded, but it suddenly filled again, and we have geological anomalies to thank for that. You see, after the lake drained, researchers combed the area for signs as to why the lake seemingly floated away with the wind. 

It was discovered that Mountain Lake exists on top of a natural cycle of rising and receding waters. Turns out this lake has its own ‘plumbing’ system, if you will, and that small holes regularly drain the water out of the lake.

Roanoke College environmental studies professor Jon Cawley 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.”

It has been found that Mountain Lake reaches its lowest point every 400 years or so. So, if you want to go practice your dance moves, Dirty Dancing style, you have until 2420 to do it, or so it seems according to the whole dried up lake theory and all.

Not only that but Lionsgate just announced their Dirty Dancing sequel. The film is set to take place in the 1990s, three decades after the classic 60s flick. 

They may even bring back Grey as baby, swoon, alone though as Swayze died in 2009. But this is all assuming that Mountain Lake doesn’t go dry again.

They do have another option as parts of the movie were shot at Lake Lure, in North Carolina. Some have even claimed that the famous lake scene happened there, however Mountain Lake says that the lake scene was their claim to fame.

Of course, the resort also offers a Dirty Dancing-themed weekend package including private dance lessons, a scavenger hunt, and 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. Enjoy!

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