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Lake Information for Lake Norman


Lake Norman, created between 1959 and 1964 as part of the construction of the Cowans Ford Dam by Duke Energy, is the largest manmade body of fresh water located entirely within North Carolina. It is fed by the Catawba River. It was named after former Duke Power president Norman Cocke. Lake Norman is sometimes referred to as the "inland sea"; it offers 520 miles of shoreline and a surface area of more than 50 square miles. Full pond elevation at Lake Norman is 760 feet. Interstate 77, North Carolina Highway 16 and North Carolina Highway 150 cross Lake Norman at different points.

Lake Norman provides electricity to the Piedmont region of the Carolinas. It powers the generators at the hydroelectric station at Cowans Ford and is used by Marshall Steam Station and McGuire Nuclear Station to cool the steam that drives their turbines. The lake supplies water to Lincoln County, Mooresville, Charlotte, and other towns in Mecklenburg County, particularly Davidson and Huntersville.

Fishing Description: 

Popular game fish in Lake Norman include catfish, crappie, bluegill and yellow perch, as well as striped, largemouth, and white bass. Lake Norman is also home to "Normie" the Lake Norman Monster, with many reported sightings.

Largemouth Bass
Striped Bass
White Bass
White Perch
Catfish Family
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Lake Norman
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North Carolina

Businesses Located Nearby

Boat Rental

    Tropical Boat Rental
  • 2328 Godsey Wood Dr - Charlotte, NC
  • (704) 971-1111
    Carolina Boat Rentals
  • 3709 Sweetgrass Ln - Charlotte, NC
  • (704) 541-7058

Vacation Rental

    Casa Lago Vacation Home Rental Lake Norman NC
  • 114 Paulas Parkway Ln - Mooresville, NC
  • (704) 890-1976

Bar and Restaurant

    Smokin Guns Bar & Grill
  • 19901 Holiday Ln - Cornelius, NC
  • (704) 894-0546
    Hoyle Bar-B-Que & Seafood
  • 2316 Lasalle St - Charlotte, NC
  • (704) 392-0806

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