Bryson City - Swain CountyChamber of Commerce 210 Main StreetP.O. Fontana Lake is unique in many ways. Obey all posted safety regulations and precautions! Today the dam is referred to as the “Fugitive Dam”. This ramp and adjacent fishing pier are both handicapped accessible. below full pool of 1,710.00. July 2020: Sun: Mon: Tue: Wed: Thu: Fri: Sat: 1: 183: 1,703.9: 2: 184: 1,703.9 Depending on water levels, the lake is about 17 miles (27 km) long.

Both lakes — the 26 mile-long Fontana and the smaller Cheoah — provide exceptional boating for recreation and fishing. Fontana Dam itself is an engineering marvel. Many towns were submerged shortly after the creation of Fontana Lake, such as Proctor and Judson. Fontana Lake is bordered on one side by the Great Smoky Mountains. Annual Drawdown —Fontana is a man-made lake with lake levels controlled by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Cheoah is fed largely by the tailrace of Fontana Dam, which provides a constant flow of clear, cold water that remains at consistent temperatures year around. Bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Forest Service, Cheoah Lake’s shores remain undeveloped and pristine. Cheoah is 644 acres and 9.5 miles long.

At places the view is unobstructed from the lake level to the top of towering Clingmans Dome, the Park’s highest peak. From September – November TVA lowers lake levels 60-feet to allow for winter snows and spring rains. Observed Data. Use caution! When autocomplete results are available use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. Download the TVA Lake Info app, an easy-to-use resource for operating on and around reservoirs and dams in the TVA region. WATER LEVEL. Depending on water levels, the lake is about 17 miles (27 km) long. The lake forms part of the southern border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the northern border of part of the Nantahala National Forest. You will receive a link to create a new password via email.

Lake Levels ; Fontana; Latest Operating Information WARNING! Finger Lakes is also a popular access area for canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and other non-motorized boats. Cheoah Dam was made famous in the 1993 movie “The Fugitive” in which Harrison Ford “jumped” from the top of the dam to avoid capture by Tommy Lee Jones.

And its deep, cold waters provide the ideal habitat for a variety of fish. The 2,147-mile Appalachian Trail crosses Fontana Dam providing a beautiful view of the lake and powerhouse. Because the lake is fairly narrow you won’t see much in the way of pleasure boat or jet ski traffic, only the occasional fisherman in search of trout and muskie. And many believe it’s one of the best smallmouth bass fishing lakes in the country, including the Fisherman’s Bass Tournament Circuit, which has held a Hall of Fame Classic at Fontana. Discharges are in cubic feet per second and are reported at the end of the hour. From the observation tower on Clingmans Dome, on a clear day the lake can be seen nearly a mile below. The lake forms part of the southern border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the northern border of part of the Nantahala National Forest. Vital safety information. From September – November TVA lowers lake levels 60-feet to allow for winter snows and spring rains. If you're having technical issues with the website, please click here for assistance.