Fontana Lake

NORTH CAROLINA


Lake Level
1,703.44 FEET
8/18/2018
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Kids' fishing derby planned at Fontana

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Date: 7/29/2018 10:14:00 PM

HAZLETON — A Buchanan County Naturalist will lead a kids’ fishing derby and other activities Saturday at Fontana Lake. People should meet in the main shelter at Fontana Park, starting at 9 a.m. until

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Rattlesnake Terrifies Family and Then Climbs Aboard Their Boat on Fontana Lake

News Philippines Yahoo

Date: 7/27/2018 8:02:00 PM

Wayne Robbins was enjoying a nice afternoon with his family on Fontana Lake before they were terrified by a rattlesnake. The snake swam alongside their boat and eventually hopped on to the swim platfo

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Rattlesnake slithers onto boat, and kids freak out

Orlando Sentinel

Date: 7/27/2018 7:02:00 PM

A little pleasure cruise turned into a scene from a horror movie when a rattlesnake tried to board the boat. It happened on Fontana Lake in western North Carolina last week, and the video has been giv

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NC family stunned when rattlesnake slithers onto boat

WTVD

Date: 7/27/2018 11:08:00 AM

A North Carolina family and a group of campers were enjoying a day on Fontana Lake when a rattlesnake swam onto the swim platform of the family's boat. Wayne Robbins said the snake swam alongside the

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Rattlesnake Terrifies Family and Then Climbs Aboard Their Boat on Fontana Lake

Yahoo News Singapore

Date: 7/27/2018 8:58:00 AM

Wayne Robbins was enjoying a nice afternoon with his family on Fontana Lake before they were terrified by a rattlesnake. The snake swam alongside their boat and eventually hopped on to the swim platfo

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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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