Fontana Guides is fully insured, licensed, and operates under a special Commercial Use Authorization from the U.S. National Park Service.
All of our boat captains hold a United States Coast Guard License as a Master of Inland Waters, 25 Gross Tons.
All of our guides/captains are Wilderness First Aid/ CPR & AED certified and trained by the American Red Cross.
We offer the opportunity of taking home the best memories of your adventures with us. Thanks to GoPro our guides always have a camera on hand at all times. At no additional charge, we will upload HD photos of your experience to our Facebook page for you to download, tag, and share with your friends!
North Carolina requires anyone younger than 13 to wear an appropriate life vest when on a recreational vessel that is underway.
We offer our cruises in two and four hour formats and we have seating for nine passengers aboard our 22 foot pontoon boat. Nothing beats the beauty of a sunset over Fontana Lake. Our most popular trip is the two hour sunset cruise, but you can schedule your cruise for anytime of the day. We never mix parties, all cruises are private, just your group and your captain will be with you on board.
In addition to learning about the rich history of Fontana Lake, your captain will also do his best to take you to the most scenic and hard to reach areas around the tributaries of Fontana lake; this is often where the best wildlife and waterfall viewing occurs.
We focus on staying out of the main boat traffic channels and utilize our ultra quiet trolling motor to sneak up on wildlife and navigate the shallow tributaries, ultimately delivering you a more scenic and tranquil cruise. Experience waterfalls, wildlife, and rivers entering the lake from the comfort of your own seat. There is an abundance of bird life on Fontana Lake. We often see Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Kingfishers, Blue Herons, Ospreys, and many other different species of waterfowl and songbirds.
Bring along a camera and binoculars, as wildlife is often spotted swimming across the lake or along the banks of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Black bear, fox, bobcats, wild boar, wild turkey, otters, and deer are among the many species of wildlife that are often seen on Fontana Lake.
Food and drink is not provided, but feel free to bring along anything you wish to eat or drink while on the water. Alcoholic beverages are allowed on board during your cruise, please drink responsibly. Our pontoon has a bimini top to provide shade from the sun if needed. However those who are sensitive to the sun and insects are urged to bring along sunblock and insect repellent.
Fontana lake is located just outside of Bryson City, NC. This 10,230-acre finger lake is 31 miles long, 400 feet deep, and has 238 miles of shoreline. Fontana Lake is unique in many ways. The shoreline development has been kept to a minimum. More than 90 percent of the land around the lake is owned by either the National Park Service or the US Forest Service. Fontana’s beautiful emerald green water beneath a backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains makes it a one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience.