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Fontana Lake

#1,004 of 2,576 things to do in North Carolina Features Animals
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Beautiful Day on the Lake!

We were camping in Cherokee at Yogi Bear Campground and drove over to where I booked a 24 ft... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2015
Tammy W
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
via mobile
Lake and dam are wonderful

I enjoyed seeing the lake and dam. The information boards were quite helpful and interesting... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2015
Charleston, West Virginia
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This 29-mile-long lake has deep, cold waters that provide an ideal setting for fishing and other water recreation.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good18%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed 21 June 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...More

2  Thank Tammy W
Reviewed 6 June 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...More

3  Thank shauser3469
Reviewed 21 November 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...More

4  Thank GoldRushJunkie
Reviewed 30 September 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...More

4  Thank cheryl h
Reviewed 21 August 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...More

6  Thank Debbie M
Reviewed 12 August 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...More

3  Thank ctet0731
Reviewed 27 July 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...More

2  Thank Rhubarb67
Reviewed 11 July 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!

2  Thank friendswithdave
Reviewed 8 July 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...More

6  Thank K K
Reviewed 4 June 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...More

2  Thank Ray Z
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