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Fontana Lake

Contact Info
Tennessee Valley Authority - Little Tennessee Watershed Team
Suite 300
804 Highway 321, North
Lenoir City, TN 37771-6440

Phone:
865-988-2420

Description

The 480-foot-high Fontana Dam on the Little Tennessee River is the tallest dam in the TVA system. The lake is located in Graham and Swain counties in western North Carolina. Fontana Lake is a 29-mile-long scenic mountain lake with more than 280 miles of shoreline and nearly 11,000 acres of water at normal summer pool elevations. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park borders the northern shoreline of the lake while the Nantahala National Forest borders the southern shore. Game fish in Fontana include smallmouth and largemouth bass, white bass, walleye, and crappie.

Amenities

Water Activities
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Knoxville, go south on Highway 129 approximately 14 miles to where it joins Highway 411. Turn right and follow 129/411 about 4 miles and turn left on 129 at the split. Go 28 miles on 129 and turn left at Deals Gap on Highway 28; then watch for signs.

From Asheville, North Carolina take I-40 west. Take the exit for Hwy 74 (Great Smoky Mountain Expressway). Stay on Hwy 74 passing through the towns of Clyde, Sylva, and Bryson City (last chance for groceries, restaurants). Eight miles past Bryson City turn right on Hwy 28. Continue on Hwy 28 for 25 miles.


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