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Fontana Lake

#1,044 of 2,535 things to do in North Carolina Features Animals
+1 800-849-2258
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Beautiful green lake

The lake is so pretty and turquoise green. It's quiet and not a lot of people on the lake... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2017
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Low water and debris disappointment

July is best month to visit because in spring, as the water level is allowed to rise, hundreds of... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2016
Suwanee, Georgia
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This 29-mile-long lake has deep, cold waters that provide an ideal setting for fishing and other water recreation.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good19%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
22 May 2017
“Beautiful green lake”
2 Oct 2016
“Low water and debris disappointment”
+1 800-849-2258
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

The lake is so pretty and turquoise green. It's quiet and not a lot of people on the lake. Perfect for boating and jet skiing if you don't like big crowds

Thank Kristin2769
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

July is best month to visit because in spring, as the water level is allowed to rise, hundreds of fallen trees and limbs float in the lake. In May and June, they can lurk just beneath the surface creating a hazard. By August, the TVA...More

Thank Vagabond2be
Reviewed 24 September 2016

You can't control the weather or TVA but we were very surprised to see the water level so low.....hot summer, drought-like conditions & TVA slowly draining the lake to a record low; fishing was extremely disappointing. The Almond Boat marina would only accept cash payment...More

1  Thank Alanna B
Reviewed 20 June 2016

We passed Fontana Lake and noticed people using a rope swing and paddle-boards. We pulled off the road and found a large parking lot where Bryson City Outdoors were set up and renting stand-up paddle-boards. We rented paddle-boards and tandem paddle-boards, oars and lifejackets for...More

3  Thank jessawhat
Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

We stayed in Bryson City and rode our trike to the lake for an afternoon. Beautiful fall colors and the lake was stunning. Peaceful and relaxing.

Thank Tammy M
Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

Fontana lake is beautiful. The town is small and very welcoming. I would highly recommend going to the Nantahala outdoor center, there are alot of different activities and it is also very nice and fun to sit by the river and watch the rafters and...More

3  Thank lake w
Reviewed 19 August 2015

A beautiful stretch of water surrounded by wooded hills and mountains easily accessible on route 28. There are some good stopping places where you can see the view and driving over the dam links in with some trails (including the Appalachian Trail) though we did...More

Thank KandM2015
Reviewed 2 August 2015

The lake was ok, but it was very hard to find a place where you could swim. The swimming place we found was not very accessible, as you had to do some climbing down slippery surfaces. The lake was nice, but it wasn't something I...More

3  Thank tboehlein
Reviewed 22 June 2015

We rented a pontoon from the Almond Boat Park and took off to the dam and back on a Monday in June. This is a huge, magnificent lake which had very little boat traffic on our adventure. The water level was very high, so for...More

5  Thank ses-merrimack
Reviewed 21 June 2015 via mobile

We were camping in Cherokee at Yogi Bear Campground and drove over to where I booked a 24 ft pontoon boat from Alarka Boat Dock for half a day, we ended up staying the full day 10am - 8pm. The ride over was about an...More

2  Thank Tammy W
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