Of course, water activities are by far the most popular thing to do at Lake Fontana. Nearby, the Fontana Village Resort Marina rents pontoon boats, canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. They also put on a scenic cruise.
Though not on Lake Fontana, just the other side of Fontana Dam is the Lewellyn Branch Boat Launch. This launch site gives access to the Cheoah, and gorgous views of the area.
Most of the lake is within the Great Smoky Mountains, or Natahala National Forest, so the lake has few commercial activities. The town of Almond has the most recreational access, such as boat rentals. Plus, it has the only day use and swimming area we’re aware of, Fingerlake Day Use Area.