Fontana Lake


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1,704.90 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Duke Energy : New map points way to WNC waterways

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Date: 5/25/2017 3:44:00 PM

A website with all of the waterway information for the Fontana Lake watershed, which includes rivers that cross the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina, has been developed to market the region as a watersports destination. That website can be

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One Painting a Day – Week 17 and 18 – 365 Project

Date: 5/11/2017 2:23:00 PM

I painted this lettering on an awesome piece of driftwood I found in the Fontana Lake: I did this lettering for my friend Beau. It’s on an old c. 1800 grist mill paddle that was found on his grandfather’s property in Clinch County, GA. The property was

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Winter time at Fontana Lake, near Almond Boat Park.

Date: 5/2/2017 6:21:33 AM

This is a fabulous photo of Fontana Dam, showing the rare occurrence of flood water being released from the sluice gates after two weeks of rainfall. Photo by @killboydotcom . #fontana #fontanadam #fontanalake #flooding #rain #heavyrain #overflow #openthe

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Best Places to go Glamping in North Carolina

Date: 5/1/2017 7:39:00 AM

Spoiling guests with deluxe accommodations, here you’ll have Queen-size beds, a domed skylight to gaze at the stars, and a private deck that overlooks the scenic Fontana Lake. There’s a good chance you won’t spend much time here during the day

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Fontana Lake

Date: 5/1/2017 4:00:57 AM

Lucinda N Dennis Blankenship — 5 starMe, my husband and son got to visit Fontana Lake October 2 of this year while we had came down to a Ronnie Milsap Concert in Murphy, NC at Harrah's Cherokee River Casino and we just fell in love with the place

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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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