Fontana Lake


Lake Level
1,680.69 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Fishing Forecast: Carolinas anglers thinking about flooding, not fishing

Charlotte Observer

Date: 10/7/2015 4:43:00 PM

They are taking crawlers best, including for those fishing from the shoreline. Fontana Lake: Very good for limits of five smallmouth bass on jerk baits cast to rocky points. Some local anglers have reported catching and releasing 20 smallmouth in about

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Fishing Forecast: Stormy weather, Hurricane Joaquin thwart coastal fishing attempts

Charlotte Observer

Date: 9/30/2015 8:28:00 AM

Little activity at the rest – Tuckertown, Badin and Blewett Falls. Lakes James, Rhodhiss and Hickory: Little activity. Fontana Lake: Good for smallmouth and spotted bass on crankbaits cast to the points. Improving for walleye on crawlers. Lake Wateree

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Head to the Park During October for Smoky Mountain Field School Courses

Date: 9/30/2015 7:43:00 AM

Cost: $79 Father and Son Overnight Canoe Trip, 9:00 a.m. Friday, October 30, to Saturday, October 31—Enjoy the wilderness of Fontana Lake as a father-and-son duo on an overnight canoe trip. Paddle from Tsali Recreation area into the main channel of

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Benefit fishing tourney for Enka athletics

Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media

Date: 9/27/2015 5:33:00 PM

Benefit fishing tourney for Enka athletics Enka athletic boosters are holding a benefit bass-fishing tournament on Oct. 10 at Fontana Lake. Check out this story on http://avlne

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Polk County’s Aaron Stronach named N.C.’s top wildlife officer

Charlotte Observer

Date: 9/23/2015 1:41:00 PM

A 4-pound white bass at Fontana Lake by Tyler Crisp, 16, of Robbinsville. Four Lake Norman spotted bass simultaneously on an Alabama rig by Joe Burden of Mooresville. Two catfish weighing an aggregate 55 pounds by the team of John Terry

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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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