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Fontana Lake Information

About Fontana Lake

Fontana Lake, a reservoir in North Carolina, is known for great fishing and its proximity to the Smoky Mountains. Located on the Little Tennessee River, Fontana Lake forms the southern border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In the summer, temperatures average in the 80s, creating perfect opportunities for swimming in the lake and exploring nearby trails. Enjoy your adventurous and relaxing vacation at Fontana Lake!

Things to do in Fontana Lake

Fontana Lake is the gateway to all that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take a boat out to fish for Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Muskellunge, Bluegill, and Lake Trout. Additionally, a boat ride across the lake will take you to the trailheads of some beautiful hiking trails. On the North Shore, access Eagle Creek and Hazel Creek by boat or on foot. Drive the Indian Lakes Scenic Byway to take in exquisite views of the lake and mountains, and vibrant foliage in the fall. Visit the Fontana Dam, which has a visitor center open during the warmer months and was featured in the 2015 film A Walk in the Woods.

Day Trips from Fontana Lake

Knoxville, less than two hours from Fontana Lake, is an eclectic mix of outdoor recreation, live music, culture, shopping, and cuisine. In the summer, stroll through farmers markets and spend evenings trying new restaurants, like Nick & J’s Café or The French Market. Asheville, an hour and a half east, is a scenic and historic city at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Biltmore is an elegant mansion that exemplifies the gilded age of Asheville architecture. The perfectly manicured grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect behind the Chicago World’s Fair. Additionally, the many charming neighborhoods in Asheville, like West Asheville and Biltmore Village, host opportunities for shopping and browsing local art boutiques.

Accommodation in Fontana Lake

There are over 300 vacation rentals in Fontana Lake on Many vacation rentals are along the shore, allowing visitors to enjoy peaceful vistas from their bedroom windows. The cabin-style properties are a cozy retreat after a day of exploration. The filter function will help you find the amenities that you need for the perfect rental. Many properties are pet-friendly, meaning that the whole family can enjoy your Fontana Lake vacation.

Transportation in Fontana Lake

McGhee Tyson Airport, 75 miles from Fontana Lake, is the most convenient hub for travelers arriving by plane. The lake is best explored by boat, through a car will take you to many scenic destinations around Fontana Lake. Car rentals are available at the airport, and the lake can be reached from Highway 28.

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Vacation Rentals in Fontana Lake

Looking for the perfect vacation rental for your Fontana Lake getaway?’s got you covered. Whether you’re seeking a vacation home, cabin rental or cottage, Fontana Lake offers 59 affordable vacation home rentals to choose from, with far more amenities, space and comforts than the average hotel room. Select from 51 properties with high-speed WiFi Internet, 1 full with jacuzzi and pool, and homes complete with outdoor patio, great for entertaining with guests. Whatever your needs, find the perfect home rental that best matches your accommodation style and budget.

For travelers planning for an extended stay, long-term lodging and corporate rentals only cost an average of $25 a month. Save hundreds with affordable vacation rentals on and, in many cases, book directly online so you’re all set to go. Fontana Lake has 59 gorgeous homes with 34 pet-friendly rentals to choose from, perfect for your dog or cat. Check out our vacation rental listings now to get the latest deals, and book the right vacation home rental for you and the whole family. Feel at home wherever you are and experience an unforgettable vacation with

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