Learn about Lake Norman
After relocating to North Carolina in 2016, we used the search engines to find things to do around Lake Norman. In the process, we gathered some unique information from a multitude of websites... which ultimately led us to put this resource page together.
Hopefully it helps y'all learn more about beautiful Lake Norman.
Lake Norman history
Located just 20 miles north of Charlotte, Lake Norman is the largest man-made lake in North Carolina.
The History of Lake Norman - Lake Norman’s original purpose was to provide fresh water and flood control for the region. https://www.ourstate.com/the-history-of-lake-norman/
Duke Energy, 50 Years Later - Lake Norman began as an engineering project to meet the energy needs of a developing region became a catalyst for growth, economic prosperity and created a community all its own.
Under Lake Norman Map - Buildings and locations that went underwater when Lake Norman waters rose in 1963.
Lake Norman on Wikipedia - The free encyclopedia.
Lake Norman related information
Visiting the Lake Norman area
Visit Lake Norman - Official guide to attractions, events, and watersports.
Visit NC - Free travel guides, get a feel for getting around NC.
LakeNorman.com - The best resources for Lake Norman and surrounding areas. https://lakenorman.com
Trip Advisor - #307 of 3,412 things to do in North Carolina. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g28954-d109060-Reviews-Lake_Norman-North_Carolina.html
Lake Norman boating, fishing & swimming
Lake Monster - LKN water temperature, information and forecast. https://lakemonster.com/lake/NC/Lake%20Norman-water-temperature-232
Boatsetter - Lake Norman fishing guide.
Lake Norman Boat Ramps / Boat Landings - There are 8 public boat ramps on Lake Norman.
Lake Norman Marine Commission - LNMC is responsible for taking appropriate responsibility for Lake Norman and its shoreline area for all matters relating to or affecting public recreation and water safety. https://lnmc.org/
Catawba River Swim Guide
Swim Guide provides up-to-date recreational water quality data for beaches, lakes, and rivers.
Lake Norman hiking trails
Carolina Thread Trail Map - Catawba River Blueway.
NC State Parks - Lake Norman State Park.
10 Best Hiking Trails Around Lake Norman - https://thebestoflkn.com/10-best-hiking-trails-around-lake-norman/
Doing business around Lake Norman
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce - Serves as the regional business hub and connector of the business communities serving the greater Lake Norman Region.
Top Employers in the Area - Lake Norman is home to many great, well-known companies. Their presence and choice to make Lake Norman home is a testament to the area.
Miscellaneous Lake Norman links
US Census - Estimated population of bordering counties (2020 vs 2010). https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/mecklenburgcountynorthcarolina,iredellcountynorthcarolina,catawbacountynorthcarolina,lincolncountynorthcarolina/PST040221
Lake Norman Area Breweries - List of breweries near the lake.
Flickr - Photos of LKN. https://www.flickr.com/groups/lakenormanphotos/
Lake Norman Publications - Publishes three weekly newspaper and one monthly in the Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake areas. https://www.lakenormanpublications.com/
Radio Stations - There are 40+ radio stations within listening range of Lake Norman. https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/locate?select=city&city=Denver&state=NC
IMDb - TV shows and movies filmed in the area.
Lake Norman stats
Year built: 1959-1964
Surface area: 32,510 acres
Shore line length: 520 miles
Length of lake: 34 miles
Width of lake: 9 miles
Avg. depth: 34 feet
Max. depth: 112 feet
Water volume: 1,093,600 acre-feet
Drainage area: 1,790 square miles
Avg. July water temperature: 81°F
Avg. January water temperature: 38°F
Apps & Taps
Eddie's on Lake Norman
North Harbor Club
Port City Club
The Lady of the Lake
Waterside Bar and Grill
Catawba River system
Lake Norman is part of the Catawba River system. The Catawba River originates in Western North Carolina and flows into South Carolina, where it later becomes known as the Wateree River. The river is approximately 220 miles long. It rises in the Appalachian Mountains and drains into the Piedmont, where it has been impounded through a series of reservoirs for flood control and generation of hydroelectricity.
The Catawba river system includes Lake James, Rhodhiss Lake, Lake Hickory, Lookout Shoals Lake, Lake Norman, Mountain Island Lake, Lake Wylie, Fishing Creek Reservoir,Great Falls Reservoir, Cedar Creek Reservoir, and Lake Wateree.
Colleges near Lake Norman
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte Campus
Belmont Abbey College