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Date: 12/17/2014 12:37:00 PM

Fontana Classic Bass Tournament: March 14-15, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Fontana Village Resort, N.C. 28, Fontana Dam. Fontana Lake at Fontana Village marina. $150 per boat before March 6, $175 after. Catch the tagged fish and win 2014 Ford F150. Call 254-6189 or

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Carolinas Fishing Forecast: Best bets are Lake Norman, around Charleston

Charlotte Observer

Date: 12/17/2014 10:29:00 AM

Fair for crappie at Rhodhiss and Hickory. Fontana Lake : Little activity, but the few anglers on the water continue to score limit catches on a mix of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. The fish are striking on points, taking crankbaits and Gulp

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Nearly Five Years Later, Congress Balking On "Road To Nowhere" Payments At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National Parks Traveler (blog)

Date: 12/15/2014 6:59:00 AM

Since the 1970s, the Park Service provided free transportation by boat across Fontana Lake for residents to visit a cemetery cut off by the reservoir. In 2001 there was an effort by then-U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor, R-North Carolina, to have the North Shore

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Legislators hear from victims of discredited bear poaching ‘sting’

The Tribune Papers

Date: 12/11/2014 3:26:00 AM

They then went to the Crisps’ place of business, a popular boat dock on Fontana Lake, and confiscated equipment necessary for the boat dock’s operation, including a skidder. “They took our livelihood,” Crisp said. “We haven’t been able to

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Carolinas Fishing Forecast: When weather’s right, 500-pound bluefin tuna can be had

Charlotte Observer

Date: 12/10/2014 4:06:00 PM

Striped bass from the lower stretch of Hickory on live baits. Fontana Lake : Continuing excellent, even during snowy conditions, for a mix of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass on jerk baits, spinnerbaits and Gulp! lures cast to 3-5 feet of water

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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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