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1,669.01 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Water Resources Outlook for March 26, 2015

NWS Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 3/26/2015

Water Resources Outlook for March 26

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Carolinas fishing action is improving at lakes, coast

Charlotte Observer

Date: 3/25/2015 4:22:00 PM

Stripers at Hickory near the N.C. 127 bridge on Alabama rigs with soft plastic Bass Assassin lures attached. Fontana Lake: Excellent for smallmouth and spotted bass right against the shoreline on twister grubs in a pumpkin seed color pattern. Largemouth on

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Lake fishing for crappie is best prospect in Carolinas

Charlotte Observer

Date: 3/18/2015 12:49:00 PM

Striped bass at dawn and dusk on Hickory near the Highway 127 Bridge on swim baits. Fontana Lake: Smallmouth and spotted bass on shiners and Alabama rigs cast to the points. Continuing good for trout on spoons trolled along the main channel from the dam to

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Carolinas fishing: From crappie to bluefin, prospects improving

Charlotte Observer

Date: 3/11/2015 4:01:00 PM

Crappie catches are fair to good at all three lakes. Hickory looks to be best for largemouth fishing. Fontana Lake: Limits of smallmouth and spotted bass on shiners and Alabama rigs cast to the points and retrieved out to 15-20 feet. Continuing good for

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Bethel's Gay Calhoun: Rare Cold Mountain Hiker

The Mountaineer

Date: 3/8/2015 10:17:00 PM

It was in the picture-perfect setting of Fontana Lake that Calhoun met his future wife. After working for a time on a dam being built in Tennessee, he took a job in a cafe for Fontana Dam workers. Not far from the cafe was a large cafeteria where 10

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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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