Fontana Lake


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1,703.63 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Peeling Fontana - Layer down for great summer fishing at Fontana Lake

Date: 7/2/2015 11:53:00 AM

On Fontana Lake, water temperatures in June and July cement the summer fishing season. While a few fish can still be found in and around the shallows — usually only early and late in the day — most have retreated to deeper, cooler water in the 10,230

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Park reopens back country area closed after bear attack

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 7/2/2015 10:09:00 AM

Park rangers and wildlife biologists have been monitoring the site near Fontana Lake with traps and cameras. They recently took DNS samples from bears captured at trap sites near the Hazel Creek area, but analysis determined those bears were not associated

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Food-focused things to know, see and do in Asheville

Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media

Date: 7/2/2015 4:18:00 AM

The 4 and 1/2-hour excursion brings the train across Fontana Lake and along the Nantahala River while riders learn the history of moonshining in North Carolina and eat barbecue, sides and Moonshiners Mud chocolate pie for dessert. Moonshine-infused

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Fishing Forecast: Bream spawning, easy to find in area lakes, ponds

Charlotte Observer

Date: 7/1/2015 12:10:00 PM

Fontana Lake: Continuing fair for trout at night on crawlers and Ice Jigs worked 30-40 feet deep against the concrete of the dam. Also, a few trout are being boated during the day by anglers using downriggers to troll from the dam to Big Island and back

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Smokies rangers euthanized wrong bear after attack

Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media

Date: 6/24/2015 4:46:00 AM

Trails and campsites in the area of the attack, which happened about 4.5 miles from Fontana Lake near Hazel Creek in the North Carolina section of the park, will remain closed but may reopen soon. According to the Soehn, "Out of an abundance of caution

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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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