Fontana Lake


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1,660.21 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Fishing Forecast: Better weather brings out more anglers

Charlotte Observer

Date: 2/3/2016 4:00:00 PM

Stripers in the tailrace at Hickory’s Oxford Dam, especially when water is being released. Fontana Lake: No report. Lake Wateree: Fair for crappie in the Beaver Creek arm on Fish Stalker jigs. Lake Murray: Fair for stripers in the backs of major creeks

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Don't miss the Bachelor Ball for Belles this weekend

The Mountaineer

Date: 2/3/2016 10:47:00 AM

With a donation of $20, each participant can enter to win a bottle of wine that may be attached to additional gift items, including but not limited to laser hair removal, golf packages, a one-night stay at Fontana Lake, mani-pedi and hair salon certificates

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Missing Lake Elsinore woman who suffers from dementia last seen in Fontana

The Sun

Date: 1/29/2016 11:10:00 AM

LAKE ELSINORE >> Authorities are searching for a missing Lake Elsinore woman who suffers from dementia and was last seen in Fontana. Donna Jean Ransdell, 83, was last seen Thursday around 7:30 a.m. on Summit Avenue in Fontana where she purchased some food

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Top tips for catching walleye from Fontana Lake

Date: 1/28/2016 9:16:00 PM

With bait-bucket stocking of alewives, white perch and spotted bass in many reservoirs in western North Carolina, fishing for walleye, long a local favorite, has taken a nosedive. Walleye eat alewives, which carry an enzyme that keeps walleye from being

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LAKE ELSINORE: Elderly dementia sufferer last seen in Fontana

The Press-Enterprise

Date: 1/28/2016 7:09:00 PM

An 83-year-old dementia sufferer disappeared from her Lake Elsinore home and was last spotted in Fontana, say Riverside County sheriff's officials who are searching for the woman. Donna Jean Ransdell is believed to have driven away Monday night from her

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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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