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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!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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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 

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Grand Cayman
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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 

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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.

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Ocala, Florida
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72 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 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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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
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 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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150 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 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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727 reviews
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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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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 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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