Lake Norman

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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.

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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.
https://nuclear.duke-energy.com/2013/10/01/50-years-later-source-of-power-generation-gives-life-to-a-community

Under Lake Norman Map - Buildings and locations that went underwater when Lake Norman waters rose in 1963.
https://davidsonarchivesandspecialcollections.org/archives/community/under-lkn/under-lkn-map

Lake Norman on Wikipedia - The free encyclopedia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Norman

Visiting the Lake Norman area

Visit Lake Norman - Official guide to attractions, events, and watersports.
https://www.visitlakenorman.org

Visit NC - Free travel guides, get a feel for getting around NC.
https://www.visitnc.com/listing/TqWJ/lake-norman

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.
https://www.boatsetter.com/boating-resources/lake-norman-fishing-guide

Lake Norman Boat Ramps / Boat Landings - There are 8 public boat ramps on Lake Norman.
https://www.lakenormanfishing.net/boat-ramps/

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.
https://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/swim-guide/

Lake Norman hiking trails

Carolina Thread Trail Map - Catawba River Blueway.
https://www.carolinathreadtrailmap.org/trails/trail/catawba-river-blueway-lake-norman-section

NC State Parks - Lake Norman State Park.
https://www.ncparks.gov/lake-norman-state-park/home

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.
https://www.lakenormanchamber.org

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.
https://www.lnedc.com/siteselectors/major-employers/

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.
https://www.ncbizlist.com/lkn-business-list#h.guuemsnvprc0

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.
https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?locations=Lake%20Norman,%20North%20Carolina,%20USA&view=simple

Airlines that fly to Lake Norman area

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

  • Air Canada

  • American Airlines

  • Delta

  • Frontier

  • Jetblue

  • Lufthansa

  • Southwest

  • Spirit

  • United Airlines

  • Volaris

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport

    • Allegiant

Lake Norman stats

  • Abbreviation: LKN

  • 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

Waterfront restaurants

  • Apps & Taps

  • Eddie's on Lake Norman

  • Hello, Sailor

  • Landing Restaurant

  • North Harbor Club

  • Port City Club

  • The Lady of the Lake

  • Toucan's Lakefront

  • Waterside Bar and Grill

Catawba River system map

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

  • Davidson College

  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • Queens University

  • Catawba College

  • Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte Campus

  • Belmont Abbey College

  • Winthrop University