Fontana Lake


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1,702.81 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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State officials remind public to avoid Fontana Lake algal bloom


Date: 7/18/2017 3:19:00 PM

Officials with the N.C. Division of Water Resources are reminding people to avoid contact with an algal bloom that continues to develop in Fontana Lake. The bloom has been observed near the Bryson City 288 boat ramp and Fontana Lake Dam but may be present

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Summer train excursion through the Smokies

The Harlan Daily

Date: 7/18/2017 9:47:00 AM

Much of the route hugs the banks of the Little Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers and crosses Fontana Lake Trestle, standing 100 feet above the lake and spanning 780 feet. After crossing the lake, the train will enter the breathtaking Nantahala Gorge – a

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One of Many: Another Rider Crowding in on the Dragon

Date: 7/11/2017 9:05:00 AM

The undulating pavement twisted its way around Fontana Lake, a product of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Fontana Hydroelectric Dam. After several curves around the lake, the road descended sharply from the top of the reservoir, finally bridging the dam

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Who made the grade? This week’s editorial report card

Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media

Date: 7/6/2017 1:39:00 PM

D to the algae blooms reported for Waterville Lake in Haywood County and Fontana Lake in Swain County. Officials said it is still safe to fish or boat in these areas as long as people and animals avoid contact with the algae. The condition occurs when

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Officials: People urged to avoid contact with algae in 2 WNC lakes

FOX Carolina

Date: 7/6/2017 11:03:00 AM

Officials with the North Carolina Division of Water Resources are urging people to stay away from algae blooms at Waterville Lake in Haywood County and the Tuckasegee arm of Fontana Lake in Swain County. Officials said tests confirmed the presence of

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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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