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Fontana Lake

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Lake Fontana is filthy

I just paddle boarded Lake Fontana yesterday and found it to be the nastiest lake Ive ever visited... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Michelle L
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La Grange, Kentucky
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My favorite Lake on the east coast

I have both kayaked and Backpacked on/around Fontana lake and it keeps me coming back. The waters... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2018
Jedediah S
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This 29-mile-long lake has deep, cold waters that provide an ideal setting for fishing and other water recreation.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good17%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
1 Mar 2018
“My favorite Lake on the east coast”
27 Jun 2017
“Fontana lake”
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+1 800-849-2258
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I just paddle boarded Lake Fontana yesterday and found it to be the nastiest lake Ive ever visited. The licals told me it is a party lake where no one cleans up the mess. I tried to board through the entrance of the river but...More

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Reviewed 1 March 2018

I have both kayaked and Backpacked on/around Fontana lake and it keeps me coming back. The waters are cool and refreshing even in August. The trails are great and the primitive campsites are nice to camp in.

2  Thank Jedediah S
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

I love fontana. I've been going there since I was a little girl. In fact I will be going this week. It's strikingly beautiful this time of year. The water is warm. Great cat fishing.

1  Thank W3175FMsandrac
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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

1  Thank Kristin2769
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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