Lake Norman Fun Facts

 

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  • Lake Norman’s deepest point is over 100 ft. and has an average depth of 25 ft. Full pond is 760 ft. (above sea level).
 
  • Lake Norman holds approximately 3,400,000,000 gallons of water, having the weight of approximately 13,600,000 tons.
 
  • Lake Norman’s shoreline measures approximately 520 miles, more than the coastlines of North and South Carolina combined.
 
  • Lake Norman got it’s name from former Duke Power president Norman Cocke and is the largest man-made lake in North Carolina, and covers approximately 32,475 acres and is the larger than the Sea of Galilee.
 
  • Lake Norman is bordered by 4 counties: (1) Mecklenburg, which was named for the home province of King George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte; (2) Catawba, which was named for the Catawba Indians, who actually called themselves Eswataroa (meaning great river); (3) Lincoln, named for Benjamin Lincoln; and (4) Iredell named for James Iredell, who never saw the county.
 
  • During the Revolutionary War, a battle was fought on February  1st 1781 at almost the exact spot where the Cowan’s Ford Dam now sits. Militia General William Lee Davidson, for whom Davidson College is named, was killed in the battle.
 
  • The groundbreaking for Cowan’s Ford Dam was held on September 28th 1959. Governor Terry Sanford was the keynote speaker at the dedication of the completed dam five years later on September 29th 1964.
 
  • The first metal bridge to span the Catawba River, in this area, was built by James W. Brown & B.A. Troutman of Mooresville. They completed the bridge in 1911 and it was located about ¼ of a mile downstream from the present NC Hwy 150 bridge.
 
  • Talk about planning ahead, James B. Duke’s associates began purchasing Catawba Valley bottomland in 1901 to prepare for future power generation.
 
  • Had Lake Norman not been in place, there probably would have been a flooding of the Catawba River Valley in 1970. Severe flooding did occur in 1916 and 1940.
 
  • The Catawba River froze solid enough for horse-drawn wagons to cross on November 27th 1886 and January 19th 1887.
 
  • There have been several unusual sightings around Lake Norman, including a  mysterious cat-like creature known as the Wampus, UFO’s, man sized catfish and an alligator or two.
 

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Charlotte Area Lake Living: Mountain Island Lake

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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.
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Charlotte Area Lake Living: Lake Wylie

                                                                       Sunset Cove                                                                                                                       Lake  Wylie                                                                                                                                                       ________________________________________________________________________________________ First created in 1904, Lake Wylie is the oldest lake on the Catawba and the first power-generating lake along the river. It’s named after Dr. W. Gil Wylie who established the Catawba Power Company, the predecessor of Duke Power. In 1924, the Catawba Hydro Station near Fort Mill, S.C., was rebuilt, increasing the area of the lake to 13,443 acres and 325 miles of shoreline. Southwest of Charlotte, Lake Wylie spans the N.C./S.C. border. With many creeks that feed into it, the lake is hailed for its excellent fishing opportunities. In fact, the lake was chosen to host the Bassmaster Classic in 2004. McDowell Park, a 1,108-acre nature preserve along the shores of Lake Wylie, houses a nature center that features rare animals and plants. Its campground offers sites equipped with a grill, water and electricity as well as primitive sites. Also part of McDowell Park, Copperhead Island offers its own boat launch., fishing pier and primitive camping site.

 

 Lake Wylie Public Access Areas   Upper Section Allen Fishing Access Area—N/A South Point Access Area—919-715-3155 Stowe Botanical Garden—704-825-4990   Lower Section Copperhead Access Area—704-588-5224 Buster Boyd Access Area—N/A McDowell Park—704-588-5224 Lake Wylie Marina—803-831-2101 River Hills Marina—803-831-7286 Carolina Crossing Marina—704-588-5463 Allison Creek Access Area—N/A Nivens Creek Access Area—N/A Ebenezer Access Area—803-366-6620 Fort Mill Access Area—N/A Lake Club Marina—803-324-2232               

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