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10/22/2014
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Carolinas fishing forecast: ‘Wide open’ from Georgetown through Hilton Head

Charlotte Observer

Date: 10/22/2014 11:30:00 AM

Improving almost daily for crappie at Rhodhiss and Hickory. Fontana Lake : Good for bass – largemouth, spotted and smallmouth – just off the shoreline of main lake points on crankbaits, jerk baits, shiners, skirted spinnerbaits and topwater lures

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Driftwood Outdoors: A great chance to bond

News Tribune

Date: 10/18/2014 11:18:00 PM

The lodge and cabins are rustic yet elegant. The people, food and amenities are all outstanding. With Fontana Lake, Hazel Creek and countless other small creeks around, the area is flush with fishing opportunities. It’s definitely a place to return to

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Ride a mountain river through WNC's fall color

WCNC Charlotte

Date: 10/18/2014 8:31:00 AM

Fontana Village Resort and the local Big Brothers Big Sisters of Swain County have teamed up for the inaugural Scenic Fall Fontana Lake Cruise. The ride gets underway at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at Fontana Marina, to benefit the BBBS organization

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Man sentenced for illegally hunting deer, black bears and hogs in Nantahala National Forest

Charlotte Observer

Date: 10/17/2014 3:00:00 PM

Crisp pleaded guilty Friday to four offenses involving illegal hunting in the national forest, another on Fontana Lake, and a boating violation on the lake. According to court records, to conceal his illegal hunting from law enforcement, Crisp took further

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Ride a mountain river through WNC's fall color

Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media

Date: 10/16/2014 7:45:00 AM

Fontana Village Resort and the local Big Brothers Big Sisters of Swain County have teamed up for the inaugural Scenic Fall Fontana Lake Cruise. The ride gets underway at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at Fontana Marina, to benefit the BBBS organization

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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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