Lake Norman Area Info



  • Built in 1959 and completed in 1964
  • Area: 32,510 acres at full pond
  • Length: 33.6 miles
  • Width: 9 miles
  • Maximum depth: 110 feet
  • Capacity: 3.4 trillion gallons of water
  • Named after: Norman Atwater Cocke (former president of Duke Power)


  • Click here for the Duke Energy Water Level Report for Lake Norman 
  • Lake Norman is the largest man-made lake in North Carolina is located about 18 miles north of Charlotte.
  • Lake Norman is home to families, retirees, couples, singles, Crappie, Bluegill, Yellow Perch; Striped, Largemouth & White Bass.
  • The Lake Norman area is rapidly growing & is one of the most popular areas in North Carolina and is surrounded by many great towns such as Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville, Mooresville & Sherrills Ford.
  • Lake Norman is the largest of 11 reservoirs in the Catawba River built by Duke Power to supply energy to new industries in the growing region.
  • The annual drawdown of the lake starts in September at 98% full pond and ends in February at 92% full pond for snow run-off & rain.
  • There are four parks with access to Lake Norman. 3 of them are located in Mecklenburg: Jetton Park, Ramsey Creek Park & Blythe Landing (All located at exit 28 off I-77) and the 4th is Lake Norman State Park.
  • Fishing license can be purchased at or in person at West Marine, Wal-Mart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, or local tackle shops.