Charlotte Area Lake Living: Lake Norman

Created from the Catawba River, which flows west of Charlotte, Lake Norman, Lake Wylie and Mountain Island Lake offer endless recreational opportunities. From boating and waterskiing to fishing and camping along the shores of these beautiful lakes, water enthusiasts are sure to be satisfied in the Charlotte region.

                      Lake Sunset Grass

Lake Norman

Located just 20 miles northwest of Charlotte, Lake Norman is often referred to as the “Inland Sea.” With 520 miles of shoreline and a surface area of 32,475 acres, Lake Norman is the largest body of fresh water in the state. The lake was created in 1963 when Duke Power constructed the Cowans Ford Dam and was named after former Duke Power President Norman Cocke. Beyond the power it generates, Lake Norman is a major water source for Mooresville, Davidson, Huntersville, Charlotte and Lincoln County.

Fishing in Lake Norman is quite plentiful, with crappie, bluegill and yellow perch in addition to striped, largemouth and white bass.

Spanning 1,500 acres, Lake Norman State Park in Troutman includes 13 miles of shoreline, biking and hiking trails and camping along the peninsula that juts out into the lake. The park also offers a new lakefront swimming area and beach equipped with lifeguard during the summer months.

Lake Norman Public Access Areas

Upper Section

Long Island Access Area—919-715-3155

Lake Norman State Park—704-528-6350

Bill’s Marina—704-241-3438

Long Island Marina—828-241-4877

Stumpy Creek Access Area—N/A

McCrary Creek Access Area—N/A

Pinnacle Access Area—919-715-3155

Marshall Fishing Area—N/A

North Bridge Marina—704-663-4600

River City Marina—704-663-6000

Skipper’s Marina—704-528-9880

Lower Section

Lake Norman Marina—704-483-5546

Mountain Creek Marina—704-483-0077

Lake Norman Motel, Restaurant and Marina—704-478-2817

The Boat Rack Marina—704-478-2118

Hager Creek Access Area—919-715-3155

Little Creek Access Area—919-715-3155

Westport Dry Storage—704-438-5172

Holiday Harbor—704-892-0561

Beatties Ford Access Area—919-715-3155

Jetton Road County Park—704-896-9808

Ramsey Creek Access Area—704-892-7852

McGuire Fishing Area—N/A

Energy Explorium—704-875-5600

Blythe Landing County Park—704-896-9808

All Seasons Marina—704-892-3478

Stutts Bait and Tackle—704-664-3106

Inland Sea Marina—704-664-4414



2 Responses

  1. […] of I-77, the east side of Lake Norman developed very quickly. The western side in Lincoln County has typically been a little quieter and […]

  2. […] Ann Miller Team Are you under the age of 26? Do you operate a boat or jet ski on a public lake (Lake Norman or Mt Island Lake) in North Carolina? If you answered yes to both…are […]

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