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Fontana Lake (Smokey Mountains, North Carolina)

Fontana Lake
* Smokey Mountains National Park, Fontana Dam, North Carolina *

Named after the Italian word for “fountain”, Fontana Lake is named after the flooded town of Fontana, which was the Smokey Mountains infamous lumber and copper-mining hub back in the day at the mouth of Eagle Creek. Now a reservoir contained by Fontana Dam on the Little Tennessee River. The lake creates the southern boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, separating it from the Nantahala National Forest. The depth, length, and width of the lake varies with the seasons and flood controls by the dam, but at its greatest containment measures approximately 17 miles long with a maximum elevation of approximately 1,710 feet above sea level. The lake is measured as being over 10,230 acres. The lake houses many inlets, coves, and islands formed from former mountain peaks from when it was land, especially by the eastern edge. Many hiking trails weave their ways around the lake, and the lake itself gives access to some of the more remote areas of the National Park. The apalachian trail crosses the top of the dam. Fontana Dam, the tallest dam in the eastern U.S., is a hydro-electric dam along the Little Tennessee River that manages the lake and its levels. This was built in the 1940’s.

Cheoah Lake/River/Dam, Fontana Dam, NC

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Lake Jindabyne

Lake Jindabyne
New South Wales, Australia

During my trek across the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, we pitstopped at this beautiful man-made lake conveniently located on the eastern slopes to fish and spend the night at the local backpackers. The lake was formed by the dams constructed in the Snowy Mountains Scheme and thereby receives the flow from the Snowy River, Eucumbene River, and the Thredbo. These hydro-works re-distribute water into the Murray River and the Murrumbidgee River for irrigation concerns. The lake’s capacity is 689,790 mega-liters. The original town of “Jindabyne” was where the dam is and was relocated to its current location in the 1960’s to the shores of the lake. A suburb called “East Jindabyne” is located just above the Old Jindabyne and one can occasionally see parts of the old town when the lake is low. This like is highly reputed for one of the best places to catch trout in Australia. It is home to the Lake Light Sculpture Festival, used for fishing, boating, waterskiing, sailing, and other water sports.

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