Fontana Lake

NORTH CAROLINA


Lake Level
1,703.70 FEET
6/21/2018
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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From Floating Homes To Gold Mines, ‘Away Message’ Podcast Tells Lost Stories Of North Carolina

WUNC

Date: 6/12/2018 10:35:00 AM

From the floating homes on Fontana Lake near the Tennessee border to the gold mines under Charlotte, NC, host Jeremy Markovich travels across the state to find these forgotten stories. Host Frank Stasio talks to Markovich about some of the episodes

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See the Flame Azaleas Bloom on Andrews Bald

Johnson City Press

Date: 6/10/2018 1:25:00 AM

At 1.1 miles, pass the Forney Creek Trail. It leads right and downhill 10-plus miles to Fontana Lake, a descent of over 4,000 feet. This hike continues along the undulating and rocky Forney Ridge to arrive at the northern end of Andrews Bald at mile 1.8

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TVA releases large amounts of water in local lakes due to heavy rainfall in area

WATE 6 On Your Side

Date: 5/30/2018 1:14:00 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - The Tennessee Valley Authority released on their Twitter Wednesday that Fontana Lake is currently four feet above normal summer pool level. This is due to heavy rainfall in the area. Fontana Lake is currently four feet above

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Police identify Whitewater Lake drowning victim as Illinois teen

Janesville Gazette

Date: 5/28/2018 12:15:00 PM

Divers recovered Cornelius’s body at 9:55 p.m. Other fire departments that responded included those from the city of Delavan, Fontana, Lake Geneva, town of Linn, Lauderdale La Grange, town of Delavan, Elkhorn, Darien, Sharon, Williams Bay, village of

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Man drowns in Whitewater Lake after attempting to retrieve water craft; not wearing life vest

WITI

Date: 5/28/2018 6:30:00 AM

The following fire departments assisted in the recovery: City of Delavan, Fontana, Lake Geneva, Linn, Lauderdale La Grange, Town of Delavan, Elkhorn, Darien, Sharon, Williams Bay, Walworth and Lyons. Mercy Walworth MD-1 also assisted at the scene

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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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