Fontana Lake

NORTH CAROLINA


Lake Level
1,696.89 FEET
7/31/2016
Full Pool: 1,710.0
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Uncommon Journeys Offers "Autumn in the Great Smokies," 14-day Land, Rail & Riverboat Cruise, Atlanta to Memphis, November 7-20, 2016

Yahoo Finance

Date: 7/27/2016 11:59:00 AM

Then onto the Great Smoky Mountains National Park complete with a ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad through Nantahala Gorge along the Little Tennessee River with highlights that include Horseshoe Curve and Fontana Lake Trestle. After lunch

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Swain officials discuss houseboats with TVA

Smoky Mountain News

Date: 7/27/2016 11:18:00 AM

The meeting was called at the request of U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, who has been trying to convince the TVA to reverse its ruling or exempt the 350 houseboat owners on Fontana Lake from the new policy. Meadows, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and U.S. Sen

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The Most Scenic Train Rides In America

The Huffington Post

Date: 7/26/2016 4:43:00 PM

Various routes originate here, but the four-and-a-half-hour Nantahala Gorge excursion is a scenery-serving star, snaking along the forested Nantahala River and crossing the Fontana Lake by bridge. (Foliage lovers take note: The leaves here are absolutely

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Most People Have No Idea There’s An Underwater Ghost Town Hiding In North Carolina

onlyinyourstate.com

Date: 7/26/2016 9:46:00 AM

But both the Fontana Dam and Fontana Lake Reservoir left devastating and life-altering consequences on all who called Swain County home. Several were displaced and never able to return to their homes. While the Road To Nowhere is a haunting example of what

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Swain officials discuss houseboats with TVA

Smoky Mountain News

Date: 7/20/2016 9:04:00 AM

The meeting was called at the request of U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, who has been trying to convince the TVA to reverse its ruling or exempt the 350 houseboat owners on Fontana Lake from the new policy. Meadows, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and U.S. Sen

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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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