Living Near Lake Norman

Learn more about life around Lake Norman, NC.

After relocating to North Carolina in 2016, we used search engines to find things to do around Lake Norman. In the process, we gathered some unique information and links 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 shape

Lake Norman history

Located just 20 miles north of Charlotte, Lake Norman is the largest artificial lake in North Carolina. Lake Norman was named after Norman Atwater Cocke, an attorney for the Southern Power Company and later its successor, the Duke Power Company. Norman conceived and directed Duke's extensive forestry and land management program. In 1927 he became a director and VP of Duke Power and was president from 1947-1959.

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

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.

Visiting the Lake Norman area

Lake Norman boating, fishing & swimming

Lake Norman hiking trails

Doing business around Lake Norman

Miscellaneous Lake Norman links

Colleges near Lake Norman

Lake Norman stats

Waterfront restaurants

Airlines that fly to the Lake Norman area

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.