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Lake Norman
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Man-made lake located outside of Charlotte that offers golfing, fishing and boating.
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Stownsen
Buffalo, NY6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
We had the best day boating on the lake on a perfect Memorial Day. It felt like summer with all the boats out. Hot sun and a light breeze with good friends on our pontoon. You can rent a boat for the day if you don't have your own. There are lots of restaurants up and down the lake to stop and eat, drink and party or party right on your boat. There were plenty of people out on kayaks, paddle boards, sailboats and jet skis.
Written May 31, 2022
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Wandering Rose Travels
Charlotte, NC343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
I constantly talk to people who don't know this park exists. What a shame. Located on Lake Norman, there are campgrounds, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, ranger programs, swimming, a beach and fishing. The swim area can get crowded but otherwise there is plenty of room to spread out.
Written August 18, 2019
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MarkS719
Mooresville, NC341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
First of all I am not a promoter or seeking financial gain by glamorizing the "Lake". Moreover, I could live in many places and I am pleased and proud that Lake Norman is my home for many reasons. With approximately 600 miles of shoreline bordering 4 different counties it offers an array of fun things to do for residents and visitors alike. Boating, water sports, fishing, swimming, restaurant going are just few of the attributes that contribute to the high quality of life. With its convenience to Charlotte, Charlotte's airport, Mooresville (Race City USA), Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville the Lake is a centerpiece of a Mecca. On the flip side perhaps I should not tell the story selfishly speaking.
Written December 17, 2014
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m j
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
i visited lake norman- coming from New Hampshire as a lake front owner, where you can see the lake bottom 20' deep, crystal clear waters- I can't help but feel dirty swimming in the norman lake brown water. it makes me feel very uneasy and it's unsightly. big lake and nice weather, but brown water?
Written May 27, 2021
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604lindam604
St. Augustine, FL52 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Family
this review is soley based on the swimming beach. it is pricey for what it offers. a small patch of manmade "beach", with a very small swimming area of the lake. coming from Virginia Beach, this was very depressing.i hated watching my little surfer boy playing in this mud puddle. i grew up in ohio, and our lakes there ( lake milton, mosquito lake, ridge lake) are much more family and swimmer friendly. it gets very hot here in summer, and unless you have a boat or deep pockets, your going to be very uncomfortable.
thankfully, this area is only temporary for me, but for permanent residents, the access to water, lakes, rivers, and pools, needs vast improvement.
Written June 30, 2012
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Goldenpheasant
Punta Gorda11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014
Stay away fron the rental agency "vacations on Lake Norman.com" they rent you old towels and sheets that are threadbare. There is not even toilet paper in the rentals. The rentals are smelly and antiquated. I have never rented a house that did not have at least one roll of toilet paper. And renting sheets and towels, what a rip off. Then they retsin ypur security for leaving catsup in the refrigerstor. If you run out of propane on the grill you are expected to get it refilled! They ignore you if you run out! Look elsewhere.
Written September 15, 2014
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xmasdriver
Charlotte, NC45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012
There are some areas that you can't even eat the fish because it is so polluted with pcbs.
Written July 16, 2012
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bikermom60
Charlotte, NC5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
I come from New England. I love lake swimming. NH lakes you can see clear to the bottom! I moved to the Lake Norman area two months ago. I was excited because the lake was so huge and it looked amazing. I have been greatly disappointed. I can sort of overlook the brown water thing because the soil here etc. is different. I know there are a few marinas, the state park in Mooresville and that there are big houses right on the water. I suppose if you own a house on the water it might be different but, I haven't found anywhere good to go swimming. The state park, the soon to be opened Ramsey Creek in Cornelius, the YMCA also on the Cornelius/Davidson line but you have to always wear a life preserver. I drove 45 minutes to Lake Wylie and to Mt. Island Lake but, it was more of the same on a smaller scale. I heard that it has to do with Duke Energy owning the lake, since they made it, so that's why I suppose.
Its just not what I was hoping for.
Written May 26, 2016
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storm063074
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013
Do not rent from these people. Their boats break down. This weekend my family rented a pontoon and it went dead. It took them 3 hours to come get us. They did not answer their phone when we were trying to call and get answers to when they would pick us up. Our boat broke down at 1pm and they did not come get us until 5:30p. Three of their other boats broke down the same day, not to mention the boat that they used to pick us up when stranded. They did not compensate me for the time lost and only returned my deposit. They are extremely unprofessional. DO NOT RENT FROM THESE PEOPLE!

Written August 25, 2013
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Jjmat49022
Charlotte, NC353 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
There is a reason why this huge mud puddle is called the Red Neck Riviera. Over pretentious millionaire mansions surround this cess pool therefore making it the "chic" place to go for the upper crust wannabes. Couple that with the indigenous trailer park trash that inhabit the areas outside the lakefront especially on the Lincoln and Iredell county sides and you have quite a people watching spectacle. Public access? Forget it except for two small parks. Public Beach? If you call what is at Lake Norman State Park a beach then you really are ignorant or one of those pretentious millionaire clowns trying to raise their property values. You are better off taking a drive to other lakes in the Catawba chain or going to the beach on the ocean which is about 2.5 hours from Charlotte.
Written July 31, 2015
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