Fontana Lake

NORTH CAROLINA


Lake Level
1,653.23 FEET
2/20/2017
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Smokies Volunteers to Record Data for Phenology Study

seviernewsmessenger.com

Date: 2/18/2017 3:55:00 PM

Plots are located near parking areas near Deep Creek, Fontana Lake, Oconaluftee, Purchase Knob, Cataloochee, Clingmans Dome, Newfound Gap, Davenport Gap in North Carolina and Sugarlands, Greenbrier, and Twin Creeks in Tennessee. Information collected by

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Smokies park rangers need citizen science volunteers

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 2/18/2017 12:54:00 PM

Plots are located near parking areas near Sugarlands, Greenbrier and Twin Creeks in Tennessee, and Deep Creek, Fontana Lake, Oconaluftee, Purchase Knob, Cataloochee, Clingmans Dome, Newfound Gap and Davenport Gap in North Carolina. Information collected

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Fontana houseboat owner seeks TVA appointment

Smoky Mountain News

Date: 2/15/2017 7:53:00 AM

After a successful campaign to keep houseboats on Fontana Lake, floating homeowner Erik Sneed is now campaigning for a presidential appointment to the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors. Erik and his wife Laura Sneed of Cherokee led the fight

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National park needs citizen science volunteers

Mountain Press

Date: 2/9/2017 1:04:00 AM

Plots are located near parking areas near Deep Creek, Fontana Lake, Oconaluftee, Purchase Knob, Cataloochee, Clingmans Dome, Newfound Gap, Davenport Gap in North Carolina and Sugarlands, Greenbrier, and Twin Creeks in Tennessee. Information collected by

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Park needs Citizen Science Volunteers

The Cherokee One Feather

Date: 2/8/2017 9:17:00 AM

Plots are located near parking areas near Deep Creek, Fontana Lake, Oconaluftee, Purchase Knob, Cataloochee, Clingmans Dome, Newfound Gap, Davenport Gap in North Carolina and Sugarlands, Greenbrier, and Twin Creeks in Tennessee. Information collected by

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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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