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This 29-mile-long lake has deep, cold waters that provide an ideal setting...

This 29-mile-long lake has deep, cold waters that provide an ideal setting for fishing and other water recreation.

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Scenic Tour

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 24, 2015
Tammy M
Beavercreek, Ohio
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Beavercreek, Ohio
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 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
Charlotte, North Carolina
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 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 kayakers. If you want to have a long weekend Fontana is the place to go.... More 

1 Thank lake w
Ormond Beach, Florida
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20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We rented a pontoon boat on this very long and beautiful lake. The water is an emerald green color and the scenery is gorgeous. Water temperature in August was 65-70 degrees. I would have loved to have gone fishing from the boat because there appeared to be a lot of fish in the water. I enjoyed swimming in the lake... More 

Thank acrossthenation
Grand Cayman
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 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 not find that we got a better view of the lake from these as they... More 

Thank KandM2015
Gainesville, Florida
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 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 would go back to if you are in a swimming mood.

Thank tboehlein
Ocala, Florida
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74 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 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 us “newbies” it was a little hard to find a decent place to tie up,... More 

2 Thank ses-merrimack
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 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 hour. This lake is very beautiful with clear blue-green water, the views are awesome. We... More 

1 Thank Tammy W
Charleston, West Virginia
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I enjoyed seeing the lake and dam. The information boards were quite helpful and interesting. We also visited Fontana Village. I was not very impressed with it. The food was average with a rather limited menu for vegetarians. The gift shops at both the dam and the village were rather junky with stuff made in Vietnam and did not represent... More 

1 Thank shauser3469
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191 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My husband and I spent about a half of a day at Fontana Lake. We drove all around the lake. The leaves were so pretty and the colors made for some great pictures.We noticed several places that rents boat so we will have to come back and do that in the summer months. The Dam was really nice and big.... More 

4 Thank Goldrushjunkie
Durham, North Carolina
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857 reviews
525 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 758 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The greenish color of the water comes from the abandoned copper mines at the bottom of the lake that were mined before the dam was built. If you want to spend some time at the lake you can even rent a houseboat. The town of Fontana was flooded when the dam was built and when the dam operators lower the... More 

4 Thank cheryl h

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