Wednesday, July 15, 2009
A few weeks back my husband and I drove down to Bryson City in Swain County NC to ride the Great Smokey Mountains Railroad (another post another time). The train goes into the National Forest along Lake Fontana, over a 75 foot trestle and into Nantahala Gorge. It was a gorgeous summer day with views forever. One interesting thing was the many houseboats floating on the lake - you can rent them for $100 a night. That would be cool to stay on one of these - another trip for us maybe?
The 29-mile long, 11,700-acre Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) lake has more than 240miles of shoreline. It was created when they built the Fontana Dam to provide electrical power for the area. The lake sits in both the Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smokey Mountains. And its deep, cold waters provide the ideal habitat for a variety of fish. In fact, record size muskie and walleye have been pulled from its depths. And many believe it’s one of the best smallmouth bass fishing lakes in the country, including the Fisherman’s Bass Tournament Circuit, which held its annual Hall of Fame Classic at Fontana in Fall 2001.
Fontana Lake is unique in many ways. Unlike most lakes in the area, shoreline development has been kept to a minimum. More than 90 percent of the land around the Lake is owned by either the National Park Service or the US Forest Service. Maps of the Lake are available at local fishing stores.
Fontana Lake provides a number of recreational diversions including fishing, boating and water skiing. And the scenery from the lake is unmatched. Those fortunate enough to go boating on Fontana Lake have a unique perspective of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At places the view is unobstructed from the lake level to the top of towering Clingmans Dome, the Park's highest peak.
(Info from the Bryson City Chamber of Commerce)
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