Fontana Lake


Lake Level
1,705.08 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Fishing Forecast: Hatteras having ‘best blue marlin bite in years’

Charlotte Observer

Date: 5/20/2015 2:48:00 PM

Hampton Lake, Yadkin County: Mainly bream, along with a fairly good largemouth bite. Fontana Lake: Good for smallmouth and spotted bass along the main channel shoreline on shiners, with a few largemouth mixed in. At dawn and dusk the bass are striking

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Epp’s Springs were once Bryson City’s calling card

Smoky Mountain News

Date: 5/20/2015 8:37:00 AM

It’s has been some time since I visited the mouth of Canebrake Creek (by walking down the Tuckaseigee River in winter when the Fontana Lake is down) but I can’t recall ever observing remnants of a rail depot or a mineral springs resort. Time flies and

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Remembering a dip into Devil’s Dip on the Tuckasegee River

Rock Hill Herald

Date: 5/16/2015 2:36:00 PM

The fifth time around it caught the current and headed downriver toward Fontana Lake, never to be seen again. By that time we were shivering and dreading the coming confrontation with Grandma Minnie. My paternal grandmother was a tiny woman, weighing at

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Steve Whitley, John Terry team to earn Catawba Catfish Club season title

Charlotte Observer

Date: 5/13/2015 11:36:00 AM

“Leave it alone. Do not approach or follow it. Go away.” A mix of approximately 90 smallmouth and spotted bass boated and released during three days of fishing at Fontana Lake by David Clubb of Mooresville and Ed Clark of Peachtree City

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Breaking ground for Camp Watia

Smoky Mountain Times

Date: 5/13/2015 8:57:00 AM

In total, the couple owns a 900-acre property in Almond near Fontana Lake, which will be put into conservation beyond the camp. The Glass family’s foundation also contributed a lead gift of $1 million to construct the dining hall. When it first opens

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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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