Fontana Lake


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1,656.70 FEET
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Analyzing the fire that burned into Gatlinburg

Date: 12/5/2016 7:22:00 PM

That afternoon a Chinook Type 1 helicopter (Type 1’s are the largest helicopters used on wildfires) began dropping water on the fire, refilling at Fontana Lake 13 miles to the southwest, according to a source we talked to who didn’t want their name

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$39.2 million: 'Road to Nowhere' debt still unpaid

Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media

Date: 12/5/2016 9:02:00 AM

That's when Swain officials and the U.S. Department of Interior signed an agreement in which the county would get $52 million and abandon its claim for the federal government to build a road along the North Shore of Fontana Lake, something federal

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Fontana Lake

Date: 11/25/2016 4:00:00 PM

Daniel Bratcher — 5 starBeautiful lake, great long-range views of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, fun local roads to drive, plenty of accommodations and just a very nice place to visit. I'll be back

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Samsel Architects named firm of the year by N.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Mountain Xpress

Date: 11/21/2016 7:00:00 AM

A Residential AIA NC Merit Award was given to the Fontana Lake House, a contemporary retreat nestled into the hillside above Fontana Lake. This home achieved a LEED Gold certification; a rating system conceived by the United States Green Building Council

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Cherokee Stories Tell of Water’s Wisdom

Date: 11/21/2016 6:45:00 AM

They’re speaking of rivers and the watershed as a whole. In western North Carolina, there were no lakes. Lake Lure, Fontana Lake, and Santeetlah Lake are all recent, man-made, hydroelectric lakes. Cherokee towns were situated by rivers, and always on the

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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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