Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fontana Lake





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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18 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Cheri! This is breathtaking. That first photo had the most incredible blue water I've ever seen. And the other pictures are so wonderfully pastoral. We need to go check out this lake the next time we're in NC! Thanks for sharing.

Happy Outdoor Wed!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Lori E said...

Now that would be a fun place to stay on those houseboats. We have them on some of the lakes not too far from here.
They are party central all through the summer though. Not a peaceful vacation.

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Cherie,
What beautiful pictures of Fontana lake, I would love to stay in a houseboat overnight, that looks like such fun.. Thanks for sharing.
Sue

Regina said...

Nice view.

Happy outdoor.
Regina

Rain said...

Hi Cheri! Those mountains are so inviting and beautiful! I would LOVE to stay in one of those houseboats, how neat!

thecozyretreat said...

Beautiful photos! I think it's time for me to drive over to Bryson City again. Before I can do that, I have to read the rest of your blog...

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Cheri! These pics are breathtaking. The little house boat is at such a reasonable price and it would be so much fun. What an idea. I love the mountains. I live in Phoenix, so we see mountains of a different sort. I have signed up to follow your blog, and I would love for you to pop over and take a look at my blog, and sign up to follow my blog as well. Thanks again for a great Outdoor Wednesday post. Country Hugs, Sherry

Mary said...

What beautiful photos. The blues are so intense they almost hurt the eyes. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us.

J Bar said...

Such beautiful shots.
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Denise said...

Great photos and such an interesting post, thank you for sharing.

Ebie said...

Double posts and double fun. I would love to stay in the house boat to cool off especially in the summer heat. Thanks for the visit.

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Arija said...

Beautiful waterscapes, must have been a great train ride!

mimi said...

what a beautiful aqua lake.

Bim said...

This looks like a wonderful destination - and the houseboats are very tempting. It must be such fun to stay in one.

Carletta said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip!
I love Tenn. so this would be a new way to visit. :)
(Sorry I'm late, I'm catching up.)

NCmountainwoman said...

Fontana Lake is a beautiful area. We've done the railroad trip and found it just beautiful. Great photographs.

April said...

What a wonderful and adventurous way to see all that gorgeous scenery! Beautiful photos of the lake and mountain range!

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