Lake Norman

Learn about Lake Norman

Located just 20 miles north of Charlotte, Lake Norman is the largest man-made lake in North Carolina. We've put together a resource to help visitors learn more about the lake, and it's history.

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Here are some Lake Norman (LKN) related website links. We hope you find them informative!

The History of Lake Norman - Lake Norman’s original purpose was to provide fresh water and flood control for the region.

Visit Lake Norman - Official guide to attractions, events, and watersports.

Visit NC - Free travel guides, get a feel for getting around NC.

NC State Parks - Lake Norman State Park

Lake Norman on Wikipedia - The free encyclopedia. - The best resources for Lake Norman and surrounding areas.

Lake Monster - LKN water temperature, information and forecast.

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce - Serves as the regional business hub and connector of the business communities serving the greater Lake Norman Region.

Lake Norman Area Breweries - List of breweries near LKN

Under Lake Norman Map - Buildings and locations that went underwater when Lake Norman waters rose in 1963.

LKN info

  • Year built: 1959-1964

  • Surface area: 32,510 acres

  • Shore line length: 520 miles

  • Length of lake: 34 miles

  • Width of lake: 9 miles

  • Average depth: 34 feet

  • Max. depth: 112 feet

  • Water volume: 1,093,600 acre-feet

  • Drainage area: 1,790 sq. miles

Towns and cities surrounding Lake Norman

  • Charlotte

  • Concord

  • Cornelius

  • Davidson

  • Denver

  • Hickory

  • Huntersville

  • Lake Norman of Catawba

  • Lincolnton

  • Maiden

  • Mooresville

  • Mount Holly

  • Newton

  • Sherrills Ford

  • Statesville

  • Troutman

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.

Catawba River system map