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Pontoon-"ing" on Lake Nantahala or Fontana?

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Pontoon-"ing" on Lake Nantahala or Fontana?

Would like to be able to jump in the water at some point while renting a pontoon boat mid-June.

Doesn't matter if it's cold or not, just prefer clearer water....if there is such a thing.

Are lakes and surrounding mountains/views similar to each other? Staying in BC.


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1. Re: Pontoon-"ing" on Lake Nantahala or Fontana?

I would go with Lake Nantahala. Don't get me wrong both are beautiful mountain lakes. In summer they draw down the water in Lake Fontana. Not so much in Lake Nantahala. It makes for a better view around the lake when looking in at the shore. Be less people on Lake Nantahala. Pretty drive up to the Pontoon rental place on the lake.

Edited: 08 May 2016, 09:17
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2. Re: Pontoon-"ing" on Lake Nantahala or Fontana?

We rented a pontoon boat at Fontana Lake last summer and had the BEST time ever. The water was wonderful, and the scenery was awesome. We crossed under a train trestle as the passenger train went over and everyone was waving. Fun!

We used Almond Boat & RV.


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3. Re: Pontoon-"ing" on Lake Nantahala or Fontana?

The water on both Nantahala and Fontana are drawn down beginning in Fall and they stay down until late April to allow for snow and spring rains and to produce power since they are all reservoirs for power companies. Summer they are at full pool. Here's a good page to learn about Fontana from the Bryson City Chamber of Commerce: https://www.greatsmokies.com/boating.php

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