Lake Norman is the largest manmade lake in North Carolina, located about 45 minutes from Charlotte. Nestled on the banks of beautiful Lake Norman are the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Denver, Mooresville, Sherills Ford and Statesville. These charming towns bring you adventures of all shapes and sizes including animal encounters, living history, upscale shopping, NASCAR, fishing and of course, plenty of water play! Conveniently located to uptown Charlotte and the nation’s second largest banking center.

This video featuring an aerial tour of Lake Norman will help give you a taste of the area (video compliments of Charlotte Stories):

Created in 1963 by Duke Energy, Lake Norman is 34 miles long with 520 miles of shoreline and offers numerous attractions to explore. The Lake Norman area offers a mild, four-season climate making it perfect for year-round adventures! The area known as Lake Norman, between Charlotte and Statesville has grown rapidly in the past 30 years since the lake was filled and I-77 made commutes to Charlotte more feasible. It has become a very popular place to call home for folks from all walks of life, from retirees to professional race car drivers.

Here are some links to help you get started with exploring the area, as well as a map of the region:

Lake Norman Visitor’s Guide

Lake Norman Area Info

Duke Energy Lakes & Recreation Site for Lake Norman

Current Lake Level

Fishing info for Lake Norman

Things to Do Around Lake Norman

Things to Do Around Charlotte

School Information

Lake Norman Quick Facts
  • Year Built: 1959-1964
  • Area: 32,510 acres at full pond
  • Length: 33.6 miles
  • Width: 9 miles
  • Shore line length: 520 miles
  • Maximum Depth: 110 feet
  • Average Depth: 33.5 feet
  • Maximum Draw-down: 15 feet
  • Capacity: 3.4 trillion gallons of water
  • Volume: 1,093,600 acre-feet
  • Elevation at full pond: 760 feet above MSL
  • Retention Time: 207 days (average)
  • Drainage Area: 1,790 square miles
  • Average River Flow at Cowans Ford Dam: 1,726 MGD
  • Named for: Norman Atwater Cocke (former president of Duke Power)
  • Source of the Catawba River: Evans Knob in Gower County
  • Lake level: Call 1-800-829-5253
  • Location: Latitude: 35.5177689 Longitude: -80.9557724


The natural beauty of Cornelius is in its small-town charm, which it has managed to keep while experiencing significant growth at the same time. Cornelius has been established for hundreds of years and its history is reflected in its homes, neighborhoods,...

With the nickname, "Race City USA", Mooresville is known for being the home of many of NASCAR's most prominent teams. The town is located in southern Iredell County along the shores of Lake Norman.
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