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Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media

Date: 1/28/2015 10:03:00 AM

Free. 828-687-0301 or www.orvis.com/asheville. Fontana Classic Bass Tournament: March 14-15, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Fontana Village Resort, N.C. 28, Fontana Dam (on Fontana Lake at Fontana Village marina). $150 per boat before March 6, $175 after. Catch the tagged

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New museum to celebrate Fontana Dam’s 70th

Smoky Mountain News

Date: 1/28/2015 8:50:00 AM

A community museum and learning center at Fontana Village along Fontana Lake will commemorate the 70th anniversary of power production at Fontana Dam, thanks to an alliance between Proctor Revival Organization, Fontana Village Resort, Graham Revitalization

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YMCA to break ground on 900-acre Swain County camp

Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media

Date: 1/27/2015 2:59:00 PM

Located west of Bryson City near Fontana Lake and the village of Almond, YMCA Camp Watia will serve children from Western North Carolina who might not have the opportunity to experience the mountains, streams, trails and wealth of recreational activities

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Upland Chronicles: Creswell, Maples and Cotter hiked every trail in National Park

Mountain Press

Date: 1/24/2015 3:35:00 PM

It's the views from both sides of the mountain from the A.T. It's the wild honeysuckle on Gregory's Bald. It's the views of Fontana Lake from Andrew's Bald on a cold, clear morning. "It's walking along Hazel Creek with my son-in-law Dewayne Cable and his

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Perch, striped bass biting in Norman

Charlotte Observer

Date: 1/21/2015 3:40:00 PM

Fontana Lake in the Great Smoky Mountains also remains a promising destination for anglers, with limits of smallmouth and spotted bass reported. Walleye are hitting well, too. On the coast, massive bluefin tuna are being caught just off Morehead City

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• Surface Area: 4,480 Acres
• Shoreline: 238 Miles
• 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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