Fontana Lake

NORTH CAROLINA


Lake Level
1,695.07 FEET
5/29/2016
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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On The Trail Of The Wily Wild Hog

WJCT News

Date: 5/28/2016 2:02:00 PM

Today, he's checking a half-dozen baited traps that they've set near the shores of Fontana Lake before going to check an area where hogs were seen a week before. The goal is to hunt them, find them and kill them. Harrington hikes up an old, overgrown road

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On The Trail Of The Wily Wild Hog

Northwest Public Radio

Date: 5/27/2016 3:17:00 PM

Today, he's checking a half-dozen baited traps that they've set near the shores of Fontana Lake before going to check an area where hogs were seen a week before. The goal is to hunt them, find them and kill them. Herrington hikes up an old, overgrown road

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Fontana Village Resort Awaits

Meridian Star

Date: 5/27/2016 3:06:00 AM

The highest dam east of the Rocky Mountains, Fontana is on the Little Tennessee River in western North Carolina. Fontana Lake sparkles like a jewel of shimmering beauty, deep in the Great Smoky Mountains. Fishing, boating and swimming are all popular with

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On The Trail Of The Wily Wild Hog

NPR News

Date: 5/26/2016 11:37:00 AM

Today, he's checking a half-dozen baited traps that they've set near the shores of Fontana Lake before going to check an area where hogs were seen a week before. The goal is to hunt them, find them and kill them. Harrington hikes up an old, overgrown road

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A great time is in the cards this weekend

The Mountaineer

Date: 5/18/2016 7:39:00 AM

After running my first half marathon at the second annual Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon in Haywood County, taking a boat ride on Fontana Lake and holding a baby goat for the first time, it is safe to say next weekend has some big shoes to fill

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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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