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Address: NC
Phone Number: 800-849-2258
Activities: Fishing
Description: 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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Perfect Lake for Reclusive Boaters

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Ocala, Florida
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71 reviews 71 reviews
11 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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 

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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

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 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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115 reviews 115 reviews
32 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 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 

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Durham, North Carolina
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692 reviews 692 reviews
430 attraction reviews
537 helpful votes 537 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 

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Spring, Texas, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We rented a pontoon boat at Almond Boat and RV Park and spent the day on the lake. We took the boat all the way to the dam and back, stopping along the way for a picnic and swim. The lake is so pretty. We were there on a weekday and felt that we had the lake to ourselves.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We spent the day on Lake Fontana on our family's pontoon boat. We fished, we cooked out, and we went tubing. It is a beautiful lake. it is clean and the views are spectacular. It was not over crowded. We enjoyed watching "The Great Smokey Railroad" train pass over the lake in the afternoon. It was a perfect day out... More 

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Bryan, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

We rented a pontoon from Alarka Boat Docks, and spent the afternoon cruising to the dam, the views along the way are breath taking. You are surrounded by mountains and forest all the way. We stopped on our way back from the dam for a quick swim and a late lunch. It was a day well spent.

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Raleigh, NC
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Enjoyed the 4th here with friends. Beautiful warm water for a swim and went out to the main part of the lake for a cool fireworks show. Recommended!

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Durham, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I love love love Fontana Lake. We try to get out there once a year for a long weekend camping trip in the Summer or Fall. The scenery is beautiful, and the lake is large, cool and refreshing! Our ideal Fontana Lake mini-vacation is a canoe and camping trip. We park at the Fontana Marina and rent a canoe for... More 

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Address: Address: NC
Phone Number: 800-849-2258
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)

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