Fontana Lake


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1,695.08 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Wild-trout action in small mountain streams approaching top-drawer

Date: 8/27/2015 1:21:00 PM

In the Smokies, some of Shuler’s favorite streams are Deep, Hazel, Forney and Hazel creeks, but Hazel – only reachable by boat from across Fontana Lake – is hit hard by anglers during the summer, so he recommended trying other creeks. Shuler

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New S.C. wildlife area opening on Catawba River

Charlotte Observer

Date: 8/26/2015 1:46:00 PM

A blue marlin boated and released off Hatteras by Roy Harris of Frisco. A 5-pound, 31-inch smallmouth bass at Fontana Lake by local angler Carol Williams, her biggest ever. The fish struck a Bandit crankbait. A 5.3-pound flounder at Oak Island

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Claire Henley: Adventures West (Shakedown On The Appalachian Trail)


Date: 8/25/2015 5:10:00 AM

The surrounding pale woods creaked with the wind. Gray clouds reflected from Fontana Lake. My digital watch flashed 11:30. I had 40 miles to walk over the next three days, making this hike my longest solo yet. The last three days, I backpacked from Fontana

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C-T Book Circle: Real-life people meet fictional foes

Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media

Date: 8/19/2015 8:47:00 PM

You don’t have to travel far in Western North Carolina to find a residual bitterness over issues like the “Road to Nowhere” once promised around Fontana Lake. Rash doesn’t tell a happy story, but he may be telling one closer to the truth of the 1930s

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Boyle column: Ultra athletics: Narcissism or necessity?

Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media

Date: 8/15/2015 8:14:00 PM

Another friend, Jimbo Cottam, is a pretty adventurous soul himself, having swum 18 miles in one day last year in Fontana Lake for a fundraiser. But 80 miles across Lake Michigan, with no support boat? “I wouldn’t have done it,” Cottam said

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• River: Little Tennessee River
• Length: 238 Miles
• Surface Area: 4,480 Acres
• Volume: 513,965 Acre Feet
• Average Depth: 135 Feet
Fontana Lake is a reservoir impounded by Fontana Dam on the Little Tennessee River located in Graham and Swain counties in North Carolina. The lake forms part of the southern border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the northern border of part of the Nantahala National Forest. Depending on water levels, the lake is about 17 miles long. The eastern end is the Tuckasegee River near Bryson City. The lake has many inlets into coves and many islands formed from former mountain peaks, especially near the eastern end. As with most dam-impounded lakes, the steep banks are exposed when water levels are low. Many towns were submerged shortly after the creation of Fontana Lake, such as Proctor and Judson.
Short of a multi-day hike, Fontana Lake provides the only access into the most remote areas of the National Park. When the lake is at the normal summer level, a boat may be used to access remote trailheads such as Hazel Creek. From the observation tower on Clingmans Dome, on a clear day the lake can be seen nearly a mile below. While the maximum controlled elevation of the lake (top of dam gates) is 1,710, the normal Summer surface elevation is 1,703 ft. NC 28 roughly parallels the southern shore of the lake and US 19 between Bryson City and Wesser/Lauada briefly skims an inlet at the extreme southeastern edge.
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