Lake Norman is the largest man-made body of water in North Carolina and is only about a 40 minute drive north of Charlotte. A popular spot for Charlotteans in the summer, Lake Norman can make you feel like you’re on an extravagant vacation when in reality you’re really only a few miles from home.
Fed by the Catawba River, Lake Norman offers more than 520 miles of shoreline and has a surface area of more than 50 square miles. If you live in the city, but love being on the water, you must visit this lake as soon as you can – you’ll be stunned by its beauty and will fall in love with the endless activities it offers throughout the year.
Lake Norman spans four counties and has led to the creation of 11 settlements that include Cornelius, Huntersville, Davidson, and Mooresville.All Seasons Marina/Facebook
Visit Lake Norman/visitlakenorman.orgThere are tons of wild animals, birds, reptiles and fish who live at the lake and any given day you might see a bald eagle or catch a local fish when out exploring the water.
On a summer day, the lake will be hopping with activity and eager lake goers ready to sail, jetski, swim or just hang out on a dock.All Seasons Marina/Facebook
Jim Biggs/FlickrAnd if you don’t know how, don’t worry its the perfect place to learn and become an expert!
Charlotte Cycle Boats/charlottecycleboats.com
Charlotte Cycle Boats/charlottecycleboats.comIf you are lucky you may catch a beautiful sunset while on your private ride.
ahanmal/FlickrAnd Lake Norman High School even has a sailing team that practices and competes on the lake.
In the summer you’ll find tons of boats docked in various areas of the lake enjoying music, parties and drinks.Jim Biggs/Flickr
If you’re a nature lover, Lake Norman State Park is also a great place to visit.M Fletcher/Flickr
Kevin Beaty/FlickrOften times you’ll see dogs with their owners on boats or even dogs in their own life jackets enjoying the water like everyone else!
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The Point at Lake Norman/FacebookIt’s a beautiful course with lakeside views on most holes, and golfers who have played it describe it as magically inspiring.
The Point Lake Norman/Facebook…so you can enjoy your favorite water activities even if you’re only there for a weekend.
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Are you a lake goer? Tell us about some of your favorite lake activities in the comments. Happy boating!