Fontana Lake


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Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Floating house on Fontana Lake is Atlanta expats' dream come true


Date: 9/24/2016 12:15:00 AM

In 2015, Anya Khalo and Justin Hershoran built a home with a 500-square-foot interior and 400-square-foot exterior. Floating Things For more than one year, a Georgia Tech graduate and her husband have been living in a tiny house on the lake in the Great

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Lawmakers, TVA head debate houseboat issue in hearing

Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media

Date: 9/23/2016 3:37:00 PM

He urged Johnson to find a compromise to allow floating homes to stay that would incorporate health and environmental rules on them like those adopted by Swain and Graham counties for homes on Fontana Lake. The Senate recently adopted an amendment

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Senate votes to keep houseboats on TVA lakes

Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media

Date: 9/22/2016 2:05:00 PM

The U.S. Senate has approved legislation to stop Tennessee Valley Authority from forcing removal of houseboats from Fontana Lake and other TVA reservoirs after a 30-year grace period. The Senate last week attached an amendment offered by U.S. Sen

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Fontana houseboat owners to testify in Washington against TVA sunset provision


Date: 9/21/2016 7:18:00 PM

FONTANA LAKE, N.C. -- Owners of houseboats on Fontana Lake take their fight against a Tennessee Valley Authority ruling to Washington, D.C. In May, the TVA voted for the removal of houseboats within 30 years. It expressed concerns over safety and

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Cagle: Houseboat ruling should be rescinded

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 9/21/2016 12:38:00 AM

The influx of the marina traffic is a welcome addition to the local economy. The Asheville paper reported the value of houseboats on Fontana Lake at an estimated $3.4 million. They don't have half the boats as Norris Lake. The ruling applies to 49

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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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