Mountain Island Lake ________________________________________________________________________________________ Created in 1924 with the construction of the Mountain Island Hydroelectric Station, Mountain Island Lake is the smallest of the three area lakes, with 61 miles of shoreline and 3,281 acres of surface area. Located about 15 miles northwest of Uptown Charlotte, Mountain Island provides drinking water for some 600,000 residents of Mount Holly, Gastonia and Charlotte. Much of the area surrounding the lake is part of Latta Plantation Preserve and the Catawba Lands Conservancy. For this reason, Mountain Island is the least developed of the three lakes, the boat traffic is relatively light. Latta Plantation Preserve, 1,343-acre park operated by Mecklenburg County, also houses Historic Latta Plantation and the Carolina Raptor Center. Sixteen miles of hiking and horse riding trails wind through the park, many of which provide scenic views of the lake.
Mountain Island Lake Public Access Areas Neck Road Access Area—N/A Cowan’s Ford Waterfowl Refuge—704-875-1391 Riverbend Access Area—N/A Mountain Island Tailrace Fishing Area—N/A Latta Plantation Park—704-875-1391 For more information about area lakes, go to http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/ Boating Guidelines for Area Lakes
- A general speed limit is implied, depending on the conditions. Excessive speed that endangers persons or property is prohibited.
- Operating a watercraft with a blood-alcohol content 0.08 and greater is prohibited.
- Waterskiing is prohibited between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise.
- Any vessel towing a skier must have rear vision mirror or carry an observer.
- Watercraft entering, leaving or passing within 50 yards of a boating or fishing access area must observe a no-wake speed zone.
- The minimum age or operating a personal watercraft is 14. Those age 12-16 must pass an approved boating safety course.
- All recreational vehicles must have a personal floatation device for each person aboard. Recreational vehicles 16 feet and longer must have one throw able Type IV personal flotation device. All must be readily accessible.