Fontana Lake


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1,695.77 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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YMCA Camp Watia planned near Fontana Lake

Smoky Mountain Times

Date: 4/15/2015 9:38:00 AM

Residents and visitors could easily agree on the natural beauty of Swain County. Pretty soon, a young, adventurous group will be building memories in the county at a future summer YMCA summer camp — and maybe they’ll even have their own song dedicated

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Saltwater, inshore fishing in Carolinas emerges from winter lull

Charlotte Observer

Date: 4/8/2015 10:29:00 AM

James also is yielding walleye on crawlers. Largemouth at Rhodhiss and Hickory. Fontana Lake: Excellent for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, with limit catches abounding. They’re hitting crankbaits and soft plastics cast to the shoreline

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Missing Smokies hiker found

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 4/4/2015 1:03:00 PM

Free said the 21-year-old hiker from Cherokee, N.C., began traveling in the wrong direction on Forney Creek Trail and traveled too far, coming out near Fontana Lake in Swain County, N.C. The hiker was found in good condition at 8:55 a.m. Free said the

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Want to go trout fishing? 3 opening-day options

Charlotte Observer

Date: 4/1/2015 3:41:00 PM

Mixed limits of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass on four successive days at Fontana Lake by Clarence and Henry Williams of Meadow Branch in Graham County. They also caught a brown trout of 4.4 pounds and a walleye of 2.6. Eleven hybrid bass

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Firefighters train for swift water rescue

Victorville Daily Press

Date: 3/30/2015 4:28:00 PM

The four teams are stationed in Oak Hills, Fontana, Lake Arrowhead and Yucca Valley. Firefighters on Monday morning in the aqueduct were working on basic techniques, with a drill that simulated a swift water rescue situation. County Fire Capt

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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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