Fontana Lake


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1,683.40 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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National Window Film Day

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Date: 4/30/2016

National Window Film Day Shares Valuable Facts with Homeowners and Brings Window Film to Light International Window Film Association Announces April 30th in Recognition of Window Film and its Many Benefits Washington, D.C. – April 11, 2016 – The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit

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David Hoyle, Larry Stone appointed to Outdoor Council

Charlotte Observer

Date: 4/27/2016 12:17:00 PM

A dozen very large bream on a crappie jig at Lake Lee by Tony Williams of Monroe. Mixed limits of smallmouth and spotted bass at Fontana Lake during three successive days by Sheldon Hardin and party of Inez, Ky. The fish took free-lined shiners cast to

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Swain commissioners oppose removal of boathouses

Smoky Mountain News

Date: 4/27/2016 7:51:00 AM

The TVA manages lakes in seven southeestern states, including Fontana Lake in Swain and Graham counties. If the TVA board of directors ends up approving the TVA staff recommendation, more than 350 houseboats would have to be removed from Fontana Lake

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Houseboat owners fight to keep their property

Smoky Mountain News

Date: 4/20/2016 10:38:00 AM

Scott Collins’ family has owned a houseboat on Fontana Lake since 1965 — that’s five generations that have made lasting family memories while enjoying a little rest and relaxation in the Great Smoky Mountains. Collins’ great-grandfather immigrated

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Hike week returns to Fontana Village

Smoky Mountain News

Date: 4/13/2016 8:49:00 AM

An easy hike along Hazel Creek will follow a boat ride across Fontana Lake, offering exploration of the abandoned town of Proctor. A fire complete with s’mores will follow at 7 p.m. Free, with discount lodging available. This email address is being

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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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