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Tapoco, North Carolina
Federal ownership
Built in 1944

Fontana Dam is built on the Little Tennessee River and is located in Tapoco, North Carolina. It was built in 1944 and modified in 1973 SE; 1976 S; 1983 S; 1999 SE; 2000 S; 2003 H .

The dam is under federal ownership and is owned by the Tva. It is also known as Fontana Lake.

Location
Fontana Dam
Tapoco, North Carolina, U.S.
Dam type
Other
Dam type
Other
Purpose
Unknown
Foundation type
Unknown
Core type
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Tva
Owner
Federal

Fontana Dam is under federal ownership and is owned by the Tva.

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1944
Completed
1973 SE; 1976 S; 1983 S; 1999 SE; 2000 S; 2003 H
Modified
Tva
Dam designer
Little Tennessee River
River built on
Fontana Dam was built in 1944 and modified in 1973 SE; 1976 S; 1983 S; 1999 SE; 2000 S; 2003 H.
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Summary
Dam length 2,365 feet
Dam height 455 feet
Structural height 480 feet
Hydraulic height 463 feet
Max discharge 189,000 cubic feet per second
Max storage 1,552,689 acre feet
Normal storage 1,370,253 acre feet
Surface area 10,290 acres
Drainage area 1,571 square miles
2,365 feet
Dam length

Length of the dam is defined as the length along the top of the dam. This also includes the spillway, powerplant, navigation lock, fish pass, etc., where these form part of the length of the dam. If detached from the dam, these structures should not be included.

455 feet
Dam height

Height of the dam is defined as the vertical distance between the lowest point on the crest of the dam and the lowest point in the original streambed.

480 feet
Structural height

Structural height of the dam is defined as the vertical distance from the lowest point of the excavated foundation to the top of the dam. Top of dam refers to the parapet wall and not the crest.

463 feet
Hydraulic height

Hydraulic height of the dam is defined as the vertical difference between the maximum design water level and the lowest point in the original streambed.

189,000 cubic feet per second
Max discharge

Number of cubic feet per second the spillway is capable of discharging when the reservoir is at its maximum designed water surface elevation.

1,552,689 acre feet
Max storage

Maximum storage is defined as the total storage space in a reservoir below the maximum attainable water surface elevation, including any surcharge storage.

1,370,253 acre feet
Normal storage

Normal storage is defined as the total storage space in a reservoir below the normal retention level, including dead and inactive storage and excluding any flood control or surcharge storage. For normally dry flood control dams, the normal storage will be a zero value.

10,290 acres
Surface area

Surface area, in acres, of the impoundment at its normal retention level.

1,571 square miles
Drainage area

Drainage area of the dam, in square miles, which is defined as the area that drains to a particular point (in this case, the dam) on a river or stream.

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High
Downstream potential hazard

Dams assigned the high hazard potential classification are those where failure or mis-operation will probably cause loss of human life.

Has emergency action plan
Emergency action plan

An emergency action plan is defined as a plan of action to be taken to reduce the potential for property damage and loss of life in an area affected by a dam failure or large flood.

11/30/2016
Most recent inspection date

Inspections are every 2 years.

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Also known as Fontana Lake
Distance to nearest town (miles) 10
Latitude 35
Longitude -83
NID ID (National ID) NC00298

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