Fontana Lake

NORTH CAROLINA


Lake Level
1,671.03 FEET
2/18/2018
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Swain County would get $20 million in Smokies settlement money from Trump budget

Citizen-Times

Date: 2/17/2018 2:48:00 PM

The road was partially flooded by construction of Fontana Dam and the new road was to run along the north shore of Fontana Lake between the dam and Bryson City. Environmental concerns stopped construction after only a mile of road had been built near the

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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad plans spring excursion

Citizen Tribune

Date: 2/12/2018 7:06:00 AM

Much of the route hugs the banks of the Tuckasegee, Little Tennessee and Nantahala rivers, and it crosses Fontana Lake on a trestle standing 100 feet above the lake. On Saturday, March 24, the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum will

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Former Robbinsville board members accused of financial abuses

carolinapublicpress.org

Date: 2/5/2018 8:26:00 AM

Robbinsville is located on the Cheoah River, just south of Lake Santeetlah and Fontana Lake within the Nantahala National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Tickets Available For Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Spring Excursion

Politix

Date: 1/31/2018 12:54:00 AM

Much of the route follows the banks of the Tuckasegee, Little Tennessee and Nantahala rivers, and it crosses Fontana Lake on a trestle 100 feet above the lake, spanning 780 feet

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Tickets Available For Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Spring Excursion

Politix

Date: 1/30/2018 10:07:00 AM

Much of the route follows the banks of the Tuckasegee, Little Tennessee and Nantahala rivers, and it crosses Fontana Lake on a trestle 100 feet above the lake, spanning 780 feet

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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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