Fontana Lake


Lake Level
1,655.11 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Run 31 winter trail miles at Frosty Foot 50K

Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media

Date: 1/5/2017 12:05:00 PM

But they are also excellent for trail running, winding through the Nantahala Forest, along the scenic shores of Fontana Lake with views of the Great Smoky Mountains and stream crossings, all on the soft footing of some dirt roads, some single-track

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Nature Journal: When lightning strikes in our mountains

Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media

Date: 1/4/2017 4:01:00 AM

They descend via a series of outreaching ridges into the Tuckaseigee River (in winter) or Fontana Lake (in summer). Nearly vertical in places these ridges are exposed year round to high wind, rain and ice, and high-voltage electrical events coming out of

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Fontana Lake - Hazel Creek

Date: 1/3/2017 5:56:34 PM

Our Fontana Lake to Hazel Creek Loop features one of the most unique starts and ends to any hike in the Smokies via a motorboat shuttle across Fontana Lake. But that's just the beginning. This trip continues to inspire with wonderful lakeshore hiking, an

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Lakefront Luxury Log Home on Scenic Fontana Lake by Smoky Mtns

Date: 1/2/2017 4:00:00 PM

If this property is booked on the up to date calendar, please check availability for our 3 bedroom cabin on Fontana Lake VRBO #499936. Very close to whitewater rafting at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, world class mountain biking at Tsali recreation center

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60 Things to Do (Mostly Indoors)

Date: 12/29/2016 8:44:00 AM

1.5 miles from downtown Asheville. Tucked away in small village near Fontana Lake and Nantahala River is an amazing gallery that showcases the work of 180+ area artists and hosts a great summer concert series. Many artist studios nearby. Shop 'til you drop

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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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