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Fontana Lake

Fontana Lake is great for boating and water recreation.

Ever thought about taking your boat with you on a Smoky Mountain vacation?  If not, Fontana Lake offers a unique getaway to explore the Smokies by waterway.  Nestled between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest, Fontana Lake offers 240 miles of shoreline - mostly undeveloped and perfect for any fisherman. 

Fontana Lake stretches 29 miles long and contains an 11,700-acre area.  The lake was created back in 1944 by the Tennessee Valley Authority, with the construction of Fontana Dam.  Today, Fontana Lake is deemed the 'best kept secret in the mountains.'  The deep depths of Fontana Lake provide fishermen with a wide variety of fishing options.  Northern fish, such as walleye and muskie, have been caught here.  The most abundant fish is the smallmouth bass.

Fontana Lake Boat Launch Areas

  • Alarka Boat Dock
  • Almond Boat & RV Park
  • Cable Cove Boat Ramp
  • Flat Branch Boat Ramp
  • Fontana Dam
  • Fontana Village Marina
  • Lemmons Branch Boat Ramp
  • Lewellyn Branch Boat Ramp
  • Old 288 Boat Ramp
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