Fontana Lake – Mile 79 Campsite

LOCATION: Western North Carolina
TRIP STARTS: Tsali Boat Ramp
TRIP ENDS: Tsali Boat Ramp
TRIP TYPE: In and Out, Backtrack Trip
ROUTE USED: Little Tennessee River
TRIP TYPE: Day Or Overnight Paddle Trip
MANAGEMENT:Nantahala National Forest
Cheoah Ranger District
1070 Massey Branch Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771
(828) 479-6431

HIGHLIGHTS: This kayaking trip starts at the Tsali boat ramp in the Nantahala National Forest and follows the Little Tennessee River toward Fontana Lake.  We chose a campsite in the area of Mile #79, but there are other options in the National Forest or in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park – although a permit is required on this northern side of the lake.  A lake map and/or a GPS is highly recommended for this trip if you are unfamiliar with the lake.  We had the early morning and late evening hours mostly to ourselves during our trip, but motor boats can access the majority of Fontana Lake.  So the mid-afternoon hours can be more chaotic on the water – especially during the summer season.

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click to see videos from our paddling trip starting at Tsali Campground: April 21, 2012; Snap Crackle Pop (password required)Brett The Master Chef, There Goes The Boyz, The Portage
click to see photos of this kayaking trip on Fontana Lake: April 21, 2012
click to view a trip report of our paddling trip to Mile #79 on the Little Tennessee River: April 21, 2012 (password required)
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