Fontana Lake

NORTH CAROLINA


Lake Level
1,683.90 FEET
4/20/2018
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Want to go camping in the Smokies?

Johnson City Press

Date: 4/8/2018 4:17:00 AM

An interesting area is the “Road to Nowhere.” It is leaves Bryson City and cuts west into watersheds near Fontana Lake. Many hiking and fishing and solitude opportunities abound from this dead end road. Hopefully, one of the above campgrounds will

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Want to go camping in the Smokies?

Johnson City Press

Date: 4/8/2018 4:17:00 AM

An interesting area is the “Road to Nowhere.” It is leaves Bryson City and cuts west into watersheds near Fontana Lake. Many hiking and fishing and solitude opportunities abound from this dead end road. Hopefully, one of the above campgrounds will

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APPALACHIAN BEAR RESCUE Part II: Measuring succes

thedailytimes

Date: 3/15/2018 9:09:00 PM

One bear, Milo, seemed to be playing hide and seek with his collar. Blair had to stay overnight in a backcountry shelter, hike another day, take a boat ride across Fontana Lake in a storm and then ride an ATV — just to locate his collar. And another bear

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Trout Towns: 8 Fly Favorites

Blue Ridge Outdoors

Date: 3/14/2018 5:36:00 PM

Nestled in the North Carolina portion of the Great Smoky Mountains not far from the cold, trout-rearing waters of Fontana Lake, Bryson City sits perched on the edge of the aforementioned Tuckasegee River. Anglers looking for delayed harvest fishing on the

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Schools, lotteries and golf carts: this week's editorial report card

Citizen-Times

Date: 2/23/2018 4:35:00 AM

A to inclusion in the U.S. Department of the Interior budget of $20 million more in payment to Swain County for a road inundated by creation of Fontana Lake. Swain is owed $52 million, according to a 2010 agreement, but only $16.8 million has been paid so

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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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