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What to do along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Concord Monitor

Date: 9/21/2014 1:00:00 AM

Excursions, usually three to four hours, run along the Tennessee and Nantahala rivers and across Fontana Lake, or to historic Dillsboro. It’s a particularly fun way to see fall color, and there’s a railroad museum at the depot with model layouts

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What to do along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Concord Monitor

Date: 9/20/2014 9:54:00 PM

Excursions, usually three to four hours, run along the Tennessee and Nantahala rivers and across Fontana Lake, or to historic Dillsboro. It’s a particularly fun way to see fall color, and there’s a railroad museum at the depot with model layouts

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Outdoors Notebook: $1.1 million grant adds two tracts to Sandhills Game Land

Charlotte Observer

Date: 9/17/2014 3:58:00 PM

A 71/4-pound smallmouth bass in a New York stretch of the St. Lawrence Seaway by Russell Hoyle of Hickory. • A 5-pound smallmouth bass at the mouth of Hazel Creek on Fontana Lake by Charles Lane of Robbinsville. The fish struck an artificial popping frog

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What is all this ‘fracking’ about?

Sylva Herald

Date: 9/17/2014 11:06:00 AM

What would that do to the city water supply? How would that affect Fontana Lake, or the Oconaluftee or Tuckaseigee river? Would there be enough water left to supply citizens and businesses or farms? Each well can be fracked numerous times. So multiply the

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Fretting the PILT jilt: WNC counties could lose out if formula is altered

Smoky Mountain News

Date: 9/17/2014 8:46:00 AM

He contends that Swain belongs higher in the PILT pecking order because its public land is a result of the federal government removing residents from the area to pave the way for Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. “That’s why we

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• Surface Area: 4,480 Acres
• Shoreline: 238 Miles
• 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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