Fontana Lake


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1,689.15 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: 10 tips for your visit

Chicago Sun Times

Date: 8/24/2016 8:05:00 AM

At 480 feet (equivalent of a 50-story skyscraper), Fontana Dam not only provides hydroelectric power, but forms Fontana Lake and its approximate 240 miles of shoreline; boating and fishing are popular on the lake. 3. Tour the Cove: An 11-mile, one-way loop

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Fontana Lake & Fontana Dam

Date: 8/19/2016 3:41:13 PM

Gorgeous Fontana Lake is the largest lake in Western North Carolina, surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains. The 480-foot tall Fontana Dam is the highest dam east of the Rockies (equivalent of a 50-story skyscraper). Walk or drive across the dam and learn

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They Say It’s the People; They’re Right

Date: 8/18/2016 10:30:00 AM

The dam, and Fontana Lake, were duly impressive. Paul told me about military exercises in which he and comrades had jumped from planes, landing in the frigid lake. I shuddered to think. We stood looking out over the water and he told me about his wife

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Fontana Lake Luxury Cabin-Lake Access Breathtaking Views of Smoky Mtn & Pvt Dock

Date: 8/17/2016 5:00:00 PM

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TVA meets with Alarka houseboat owners

Smoky Mountain News

Date: 8/17/2016 9:38:00 AM

Following a May 5 decision by the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors to ban all houseboats on Fontana Lake after 30 years, TVA promised to spend the next six months talking to stakeholders in an effort to mitigate the negative economic impact

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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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