Fontana Lake


Lake Level
1,664.18 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Tiny quake Sunday morning near Franklin


Date: 12/2/2018 12:42:00 PM

According to a USGS map, the epicenter of the quake was in the Nantahala National Forest, south of Fontana Lake. Did you feel it? Report it to the USGS here. A magnitude 2.0 quake is harmless

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North Carolina Lakeside Cabins

Date: 11/26/2018 4:00:00 PM

This Paradise Point cabin rental offers visitors a variety of amenities and nearby activities. From the spacious deck, guests have a view of Fontana Lake and the rolling, mountainous landscape. Paradi

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These are the most popular national parks in America


Date: 11/22/2018 9:22:00 PM

Visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park can see over 100 waterfalls, go boating on Fontana Lake and hike the Appalachian Trail. It's also an excellent vantage point to see the leaves change in

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Inspiring outdoor adventure with just a brush and some paint

Bristol Herald Courier

Date: 11/9/2018 11:30:00 AM

They take off Wednesdays to float their boat on Fontana Lake, a Tennessee Valley Authority reservoir in North Carolina. And yet, while that may be a break from cleaning cabins, changing sheets or maki

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Women of Influence: Pat Boshe

Marshfield Mail

Date: 11/2/2018 3:30:00 PM

She encountered her in Fontana Lake and Dam, N.C. Through McLerran, Boshe was able to become a professional clogging instructor. She provided Boshe an opportunity to teach clogging classes at an inter

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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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