Lake Norman, NC
Lake Size: 32,500 Acres
Shoreline Length (Miles): 520 Miles
Deepest Depth: 110 ft
Lake Level Above Sea Level: 761 ft (232 m)
Counties: Mecklenburg, Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln
Lake Management: US Army Corps of Engineers
Information: Lake Norman, created between 1959 and 1964 as part of the construction of the Cowans Ford Dam by Duke Energy, is the largest manmade body of fresh water located entirely within North Carolina. It is fed by the Catawba River. It was named after former Duke Power president Norman Cocke. Lake Norman is sometimes referred to as the "inland sea"; it offers 520 miles (840 km) of shoreline and a surface area of more than 50 square miles (130 km2). Full pond elevation at Lake Norman is 760 feet (230 m). Interstate 77, North Carolina Highway 16 and North Carolina Highway 150 cross Lake Norman at different points.
Lake Norman provides electricity to the Piedmont region of the Carolinas. It powers the generators at the hydroelectric station at Cowans Ford and is used by Marshall Steam Station and McGuire Nuclear Station to cool the steam that drives their turbines. The lake supplies water to Lincoln County, Iredell Co. Mooresville, Charlotte, and other towns in Mecklenburg County, particularly Davidson and Huntersville.
Duke Power partnered with the state of North Carolina to establish Lake Norman State Park. It has also built two bank fishing areas and eight public boating access areas along the shoreline. One site is leased to Mecklenburg County and one to Iredell County. Popular game fish in Lake Norman include catfish, crappie, bluegill and yellow perch, as well as striped, largemouth, white bass along with multiple types of turtles. Lake Norman is also home to "Normie" the Lake Norman Monster, with many reported sightings.
Lake Norman has done much to contribute to the area's economy; many communities have sprung up on the lake's shores, with vacation and primary residences bringing many people into the area. Many farming communities have turned to chic residential neighborhoods, including, on the south end of the lake, the upper-reaches of the Charlotte suburban zone. Four counties surround Lake Norman; Catawba, Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Lincoln.
Lake Norman is also the location for one of the International Jet Sport Boats Association (IJSBA) tour stops. Team Tweek, a race team headquartered in Mooresville, helps promote and coordinate the annual event.
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| Lake Norman State Park, formerly Duke Power State Park, is a 1,328 acre (5 km²) North Carolina state park near Troutman, Iredell County, North Carolina in the United States. The park is on the northern shore of Lake Norman at the mouth of Hicks Creek. The park is open for year round recreation including, boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming and camping. Lake Norman State Park is on Inland Sea Road in Troutman just off U.S. Route 70 between Interstates 40 and 77. |
|Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Spotted Bass, Crappie, White Bass, Bream, Catfish
Anglers come to Lake Norman from miles around, attracted by promises of record-winning catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, striped bass, and yellow and white perch. Bass tournaments come to the lake annually, a testament to the opportunities available here. During winter, stripers are abundant and brave souls face winter's chill to drop a line in and reel in a big one. If cold isn't your pleasure, spring and summer bring warmer temperatures and the possibility to catch the lake's other resident fish, so don't despair. Your prize catch awaits you here.|
Campground - RV
Campground - Tent/Primitive
|Nestled on the banks of beautiful Lake Norman are the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. These unique towns present a wide array of leisure amenities for visitors and guests including upscale shopping, year-round golfing, fishing and other water activities. Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in the Carolinas, is THE place for fun in the sun! Created in 1963 by Duke Energy, Lake Norman is 34 miles long with 520 miles of shoreline.
Lake Norman offers numerous attractions to explore. From Lake Norman, you may enjoy the ease of traveling anywhere in the state. We're just north of Charlotte, and the mountains and coast are only a short drive away. Whatever your desire, find it outside your door in Lake Norman!
Join Visit Lake Norman and Carolina Renaissance Festival for a party cooler than Camelot.
October 8 at 6 pm in the Visit Lake Norman Visitor Center. Food, entertainment, drinks and fun for all ages!
Ticket cost includes tickets to Renaissance Festival. $17 Adults/$6 Kids 5-12