Fontana Lake

NORTH CAROLINA


Lake Level
1,700.18 FEET
6/27/2016
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Fight not over for Fontana houseboats

Smoky Mountain News

Date: 6/22/2016 8:47:00 AM

Houseboat owners on Fontana Lake aren’t quite ready to give up their investments without a fight even after the Tennessee Valley Authority made the decision last month to ban all floating houses in 30 years. Even though they have another 30 years to

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What to Do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Men's Journal

Date: 6/20/2016 12:42:00 PM

The southwestern region of the park sees the fewest visitors and is home to one of the serenest overnight experiences in the East: camping on the remote shores of Fontana Lake. To do it, you'll need to rent a canoe or kayak (or even a standup paddleboard

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On The Trail Of The Wily Wild Hog

WJCT News

Date: 5/28/2016 2:02:00 PM

Today, he's checking a half-dozen baited traps that they've set near the shores of Fontana Lake before going to check an area where hogs were seen a week before. The goal is to hunt them, find them and kill them. Harrington hikes up an old, overgrown road

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WNC offers endless outdoor treasures

BlueRidgeNow

Date: 5/28/2016 12:18:00 PM

Tsali Recreation Area is one of the most well-known mountain biking areas in the region, boasting almost 40 miles of trails in an area surrounding Fontana Lake, and a trail system with multiple loops that has been rated one of the top 10 areas to ride in

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WNC offers endless outdoor treasures

BlueRidgeNow

Date: 5/28/2016 12:18:00 PM

Tsali Recreation Area is one of the most well-known mountain biking areas in the region, boasting almost 40 miles of trails in an area surrounding Fontana Lake, and a trail system with multiple loops that has been rated one of the top 10 areas to ride in

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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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