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10/1/2014
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Lexington angler wins Lake Norman bass tournament

Charlotte Observer

Date: 10/1/2014 8:09:00 AM

He also caught three large crappie. • A mix of 26 largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass boated and released over two days at Fontana Lake by Danny Williams of Robbinsville while casting small crankbaits. • A blue marlin boated and released off

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Train excursions through the Smoky Mountains

WCYB-TV

Date: 10/1/2014 7:24:00 AM

NO SMOKING or ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PERMITTED ON THE BUS OR ON THE TRAIN. The route travels the banks of the Little Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers and crosses the Fontana Lake Trestle standing 100 feet above the lake spanning 780 feet before entering the

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What to do along the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Commercial Appeal

Date: 9/27/2014 7:07:00 PM

Excursions, usually three to four hours, run along the Tennessee and Nantahala rivers and across Fontana Lake, or to historic Dillsboro. It’s a particularly fun way to see fall color, and there’s a railroad museum at the depot with model layouts

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PigeonForge.com Shares Top 5 Fall Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains

KCBD

Date: 9/26/2014 6:50:00 PM

This hike is amazing year-round and will give unforgettable views of historic Cades Cove, Fontana Lake and the eastern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains from the Gregory Bald area. Rated moderate, this hike is can be a challenge for beginners with 2,700

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PigeonForge.com Shares Top 5 Fall Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains

WBOC

Date: 9/26/2014 8:55:00 AM

This hike is amazing year-round and will give unforgettable views of historic Cades Cove, Fontana Lake and the eastern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains from the Gregory Bald area. Rated moderate, this hike is can be a challenge for beginners with 2,700

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• Surface Area: 4,480 Acres
• Shoreline: 238 Miles
• 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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