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Concession Stand at the Swimming Area is Open   

Though no lifeguards are yet on-duty, the concession stand at the swimming area is open.  Lifeguards will begin protecting the beach area on Saturday, May 27.  Until that date, there is no charge for the use of the swimming area, but do use caution, keep a close eye on children, use a personal floatation device, stay within the swimming area, and always swim with a friend.

 Posted on: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:08am
Now taking applications for seasonal positions. Lifeguards needed!   

Lake Norman State Park Seasonal Positions
It’s that time of year! We are now accepting applications for General Utility Workers, Fee Collectors, Life Guards, Park Techs. The positions range from 3 months to 11 months in length, 40 hours a week. Weekend and holiday work is required. If interested, please fill out a North Carolina State employment application (PD-107) and return it to Lake Norman at 759 State Park Road, Troutman, NC 28166. For any questions please call us at 704-528-6350. PD-107 can be found at
Job descriptions:
General Utility Worker:
These employees are generally responsible for facility and grounds maintenance. This includes cleaning bathrooms, picking up litter, emptying trash cans, mowing and trimming grass, trail maintenance, and assisting park staff in other park projects. This position will be working closely with the maintenance staff, but should be able to work unsupervised. In this position you will be required to drive a park vehicle, so you must be 18 years old or older and have a valid driver’s license.
Fee Collector:
These personnel are responsible for operating the boat rentals at the visitor center or fee collection at the swimming beach. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: courteously serving the public, keeping accurate inventory of rentals, keeping accurate track of money and sales, and completing end-of-day paperwork and inventories. Positions are also responsible for cleaning public restrooms, picking up litter, emptying garbage cans, and notifying rangers of emergencies and rule violations in their assigned area. Work is outdoors and includes exposure to heat, humidity, rain, insects, and other environmental conditions. Many of these positions start in May and run into September, but a few fee collectors will start earlier in the spring and stay later into the fall. 
Life Guard:
Lifeguards are held responsible for, but not limited to, the proper operation of the swim beach area and for effectively working with the other lifeguards to ensure duties are carried out properly, promptly, and courteously. It is the lifeguard’s responsibility to ensure a safe environment in and out of the water for all park visitors. Also, the lifeguards are responsible for assisting with sales of concessions; cleaning the bath house, beach picnic area, and beach area facilities; and grounds maintenance in the vicinity of the swimming beach. Work is outdoors and includes exposure to heat, humidity, rain, insects, and other environmental conditions. This position starts in May and runs into September.
Park Tech:
These employees are responsible with developing and leading environmental education programs, assisting with natural resources management projects, providing information and direction to park visitors, selling concessions and issuing camping permits, and assisting with any park maintenance and improvement projects.  Park Technicians will occasionally assist maintenance staff. This position will work closely with the park rangers; weekend, holiday, and some evening shifts are required. This position is 6 months in length, 40 hours a week.

 Posted on: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 12:23pm
The Itusi Trail is CLOSED.   

The Itusi Trail is CLOSED due to muddy, wet conditions. 

 Posted on: Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 5:05pm

Lake Norman State Park

Lake Norman State Park, on the largest manmade lake in North Carolina, boasts one of the region’s more popular mountain biking network, offering 30.5 miles of single-track trail. Nearby are a 125-yard-long swim beach and bathhouse complex as well as a boat ramp and opportunities for fishing from spots along park trails. A family campground with 32-sites and a group campground are available during warm-weather months, and a community building with kitchen facilities, restrooms and fireplace can be rented for family and group events year round. Free interpretive programs are complemented by educational exhibits throughout the visitor center and along the child-friendly Dragonfly Trail.

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Nearby Attractions
Ft. Dobbs
N.C. Transporation Museum


Lake Norman State Park

759 State Park Road
TroutmanNC 28166
Latitude: 35.672548
Longitude: -80.932500

Park Hours:

November- February 7am - 6pm
March, April, September and October: 7am - 8pm
May, June, July and August: 7am - 9pm

Family Campground and Boat Launch are open 24 hours through the St. Johns Road entrance.

Park Office
Everyday: 8am - 5pm