Fontana Lake


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1,686.11 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Mountain people have long memories. They won't forget the 'Road to Nowhere'


Date: 2/23/2020 2:43:00 PM

The “Road to Nowhere” issue may have been settled in a legal sense, but the unhappiness continues. Swain County gave up more than half its land in the 1930s for Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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5 things to know about draft plan for the future of Pisgah and Nantahala national forests

Asheville Citizen Times on

Date: 2/14/2020 2:00:45 AM

The U.S. Forest Service has released its long-awaited drafts of the Nantahala and Pisgah forest plan. The documents total about 2,500 pages

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Magical Mountain Views-Sparkling Hot Tub-Hiking and Fishing-NOC 5 min.-WIFI – Home 5844850 Log cabin

Holiday Lettings

Date: 2/8/2020 4:00:00 PM

The Tsali (for hiking and biking trails) and Fontana Lake are within 10 minutes. Bryson City (shopping, dining, the scenic train depot and more) are within 20 minutes. We are available to assist you

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The Hive Lodge - A Rustic Farmhouse Style Lodge in the Smokies – Home 8803304 Lodge

Holiday Lettings

Date: 2/6/2020 4:00:00 PM

It features a plush queen hybrid mattress and is decorated with items from the majestic Fontana Lake just a few miles away. Our “Mountain Views” bedroom is located on the opposite side of the house

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Gospel show to feature legendary groups

The Herald-Dispatch

Date: 2/5/2020 9:30:00 PM

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, KY, will be the host of a very special gospel show this Saturday. On Feb. 8, at 6 p.m., the historic venue will feature the groups The Inspirations

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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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