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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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Beautiful Lake in the Mountains

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 21, 2014
Goldrushjunkie
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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100 reviews 100 reviews
30 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 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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638 reviews 638 reviews
394 attraction reviews
455 helpful votes 455 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Greenville, NC
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258 reviews 258 reviews
23 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

An outstanding and beautiful lake that essentially has no major developments since it is adjacent to national forests. We took a 2 hour tour on a pontoon boat and in that time only saw one other boat under power on the entire trip. Just natural beauty. Worth a trip if you are in the area.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The lake was very quiet and peaceful. Fishing was good and weather was OK. It's a great place to unwind and see the stars away from the big city lights.

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Taylorsville, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

What We thought would be a nice relaxing boat ride on the lake turned into one of the most interesing and beautiful adventures of our trip. The guide told the most amazing stories of how the lake was built and the towns beneath the lake. That along with the setting sun provided both relaxation and information. Dont miss this.

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