TRAVEL GUIDE TO BRYSON CITY AND THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
THINGS TO DO IN THE SMOKIES
Whether You Like Boating at a Leisurely Pace or With "Jets" You'll Feel Right at Home on Fontana Lake
Boating on Fontana Lake can mean enjoying a pontoon boat, ski boat, jon boat, canoe, kayak, jet ski or even taking a jet boat ride.
This 29-mile long, 11,700-acre Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) lake has more than 240 miles of shoreline. The north shore of the lake is within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a portion of the remainder is within the Nantahala National Forest. This means only 10% of the shoreline is privately owned, assuring you of a relaxing vacation on the lake.
There are a number of private marinas where you can rent a boat, or put your own boat on the lake. You'll find knowledgeable staff, and plenty of boating and fishing supplies. Shuttle service is offered to Eagle Creek and Hazel Creek - two north shore locations where you can spend time fishing, hiking, exploring and camping in the National Park. For public access areas, see far right column.
Guides are available for fishing, and guided tours are available by pontoon or lake kayak.
If you want a fast mode of getting around the lake without doing the steering, take a ride on one of the 12-passenger jet boats - a unique trip suitable for all ages.
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Old 288 – From Bryson City. Take US 19 S to turn at SR 1323 (Slope St.; begins at bridge by Kerr Drugs). Travel Slope St. .2 miles and turn left at the blinking light onto SR 1321 (Bryson Walk). Bryson Walk becomes Old 288. Travel 1.6 miles and turn left to follow the river continuing on Old 288 Travel .8 miles to the area at the end of the road.
Lemmons Branch – From Bryson City take US 19/74 West to NC 28 N (right turn towards Robbinsville). Follow NC 28 about 3 miles to the sitn for the Tsali Recreation area. Turn right and follow signs to Lemmons Branch Boat Ramp.
Cable Cove – From Bryson City take US/74 West to NC 28 N (right turn ttowards Robbinsville). Continue on approximately 20 miles (8.2 past the 143 turnoff). Turn right onto SR 1287 (Cable Cove). Go 1.5 miles to the end of the road.
Flat Branch – From Bryson City take US 19 S to SR 1320. Turn right and go just .1 mile and turn right onto SR 1311 (Buckner Branch Road). Go 3.1 miles and turn right onto SR 1312 (Round Hill Rd.). Travel 2.8 miles and turn right onto SR 1313 (Greasy Branch Rd.). Travel 3.1 miles to area t the end of the road.
For more information about Fontana Lake, including a lake map with boat ramp and marina locations, visit the Fontana Lake page of this web siye.
For information about lake fishing, visit the Fishing page of this web site
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