Whether You Like Boating at a Leisurely Pace or With "Jets" You'll Feel Right at Home on Fontana Lake

jet skiBoating 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.

Jet boat rideThere 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.

More fun activities on the water near Bryson City.

Fontana Lake Marinas, Boat Rentals and
Boating Activities in the Smoky Mountains

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Almond Boat & RV Park

Contact: Jim & Jo Mathis
1165 Almond Boat Park Rd
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-6423
Fax 828-488-8175
Lakeside cottages, one & two bedroom. Each with complete kitchen with cooking utensils and table service for six. Sofa bed in the living quarters will sleep one adult or two small children. Electric heat, air conditioning, private front porch facing the lake. Bedding and linens are furnished. Towels are changed daily and clean linens offered every fourth day. Fishing boat and pontoon rentals available.

Smoky Mountain Jet Boats

Contact: Nick Williams
22 Needmore Rd
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-0522
TF 888-900-9091
Fax 828-488-0522
Smoky Mountain Jet Boats Enjoy a thrilling, scenic ride on Fontana Lake in our 11-passenger jetboat! On the water 40 minutes; allow 1 hour total. Our combination hike and jetboat ride trips include guided hike, picnic lunch, time for swimming and jetboat ride. Allow 4 hours. A 6-8 hour Adventure in the Park includes a swim and snacks, an extreme hike and jetboat ride. Reservations recommended; walk-ins welcome; group discounts; custom rides available.

Fontana Marina

300 Woods Rd.
Fontana Dam, NC 28733
Phone 828-498-2129
Fontana Marina Fontana Marina offers a full line of services for the enjoyment of Fontana Lake including watercraft rentals, free boat launch, a ship store, fishing tackle and license, lake tours and more. Shuttle services by pontoon boat are available for backcountry enthusiasts wishing to explore the southern rim of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Fontana Guide Service

Contact: Kyle Fronrath
3336 Balltown Rd
Bryson City, NC 28713
Mobile 828-736-2318
Fontana Guide Service Be our guest on beautiful Fontana Lake. Relax and enjoy breath taking views, sunsets, waterfalls, rivers and wildlife from our spacious pontoon boat. Choose a half or full day trip of any kind, or customize your own. Fishing, Sightseeing, sunset, swimming, & Fall leaf trips available. Great for birthday parties, corporate groups, honeymooners, & families. We have something for every budget. Dogs welcome! HD photos & videos of your trip available upon request. Let us guide you on your one-of-a-kind Fontana Lake experience.

Alarka Boat Dock

Contact: Tony Sherrill
7230 Grassy Branch Rd
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-3841
Located on Fontana Lake in Swain County NC, Alarka Boat Dock is a one stop source for boat/pontoon put-in, Fontana Lake History Tours, fishing guides, and boat or pontoon rentals. Dock-slips available for boats and pontoon storage. Fishing supplies, ice, bait, snacks, gas and oil, t-shirt and caps, also boat supplies.
Lake fishing and trout stream guides available upon request.

Public Boat Access Areas
On Fontana Lake

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.

Going Fishing?

For information about lake fishing, visit the Fishing page of this web site


Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce
& Visitor Center

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713


Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

800-867-9246 toll-free
828-488-3681 local
828-488-6858 fax