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    Fellow fish fanatics,

    I am heading up to Fontana w/ a couple friends and the jon boat on Friday to camp at #78. This is an island campsite that I've never visited, and I'm wondering if I should pack my tent or my Hennessey Hammock. Does anyone know if there are good hammock hanging spots?

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    Carl, sorry I can't help you I've been by that site but never stopped there. If you have room for both i'd take 'em - that way you are covered !!--If not I'd opt for the tent..........Bob
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    Thanks, dude. I've never even been by it, so it is 100% new to me. I've been to Fontana, of course, but never out on the water. I imagine there must be trees on the island...

    I may go ahead and pack both. We won't be doing any backpacking, and the hammock barely takes up any space. It sure is a heckuva lot more comfy though!
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    Hey Carlito is there a bridge or way to get to and from the Island into the park?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlito View Post
    Thanks, dude. I've never even been by it, so it is 100% new to me. I've been to Fontana, of course, but never out on the water. I imagine there must be trees on the island...

    I may go ahead and pack both. We won't be doing any backpacking, and the hammock barely takes up any space. It sure is a heckuva lot more comfy though!
    Carlito--If you are thinking of trout fishing as one of your primary activities on this trip, I would urge you to reconsider your campsite. Why would you want to camp on Double Island when there are designated campsites near the mouth of all the streams which empty into Fontana's north shore.

    Of course for lake fishing it might be fine. I've never stayed at the campsite and really know little about it other than where it is located. I do know it isn't a logical destination for the trout fisherman.

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    Carlito,

    You may need to be slapped. It is Fontana Lake, just like it is Norris Lake. Not Lake Norris. Have you been hanging around with the out of towners from up 75?
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    Smile It's a small island. and to answer your question....

    In theory there are trees to tie your hammock to, but there isn't much space. If you guys are the only group you will be fine as there is a decent size camp (for 4-6) at middle of island. If multiple groups then there were cramped camping at either end of island. Remember is land is less than a 100 yards long.

    I did this trip a few years back with the touring kayakers of Chota and it was a nice time. I will try & post a few pics to give you a better idea. If you boat doesn't have an anchor bring lots of rope if lake is down as it can be 50+ feet of steep bank to climb.

    I take it your not chasing trout this trip?

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    Smile Pictures as promised


    Close up campsite in middle of island - hope you get this one



    Futher away view



    Parking situation with my hammock in foreground. This is why you may need rope if no anchor



    Early moring view



    A little later that morning



    Your truly taking in the Fontana lake experience.


    Hope that actually help!

    I wonder if Grouseman is an English teacher. He probably takes offense when some one says Ravens Fork also.

    Have Fun

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    Smile There is no way to walk to the main land even with the water down

    Quote Originally Posted by Crockett View Post
    Hey Carlito is there a bridge or way to get to and from the Island into the park?
    I guess you could swim! Otherwise, I'd stick to the boat

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    "Hope that actually help! I wonder if Grouseman is an English teacher. He probably takes offense when some one says Ravens Fork also."


    And to answer your question...no I am not an English teacher.
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