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Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN.    

The Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN.

 Last updated on: Thursday, June 24, 2021

Swim Beach & Lake Shore Trail Head Parking Lot Closures: June 23rd - 24th    

Lake Norman State Park will be repainting parking lots on June 23rd - 24th.

Expect changes at Swim Beach and Lake Shore Trail head parking off Shortleaf Drive. 

Access the Lake Shore Trail from Boat Launch Rd. 

Please be patient and follow posted signs and cones. WET PAINT!

 Last updated on: Monday, June 21, 2021

Current status of park facilities   

The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and 9 am to 6 pm Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.

There are limited boat rentals available on the weekends.

The swim beach is open and will start charging a swim fee on Friday 6/18/21. Adults = $6, Children 3-12 = $4, Infants 0-2 = No Charge. The swim beach only accepts cash, so if you plan to pay with a credit card, please visit the Visitor Center first to pay and bring your receipt to the swim beach to get your wrist band. When there are no lifeguards on duty there is no charge and you swim at your own risk. 

Hiking trails, boat ramp, and restroom facilities are open. Bike trails are open, weather permitting. 

Indoor facalities such as Community Building, Auditoriums, and Classrooms are open for reservations through the Visitor Center only. Indoor facalities are limited to 50 people per reservation/event.

Outdoor facalities such as Shelters are open for reservations. Shelters are limited to 50 -100 people per reservation/event. 

Family campsites and group campsites are open for reservations. Visit the reservations website or call 1-877-722-6762 to make a reservation. Reservations for available campsites may be made on the day of arrival up to 7:00 pm. Reservations for available cabins may be made on the day of arrival up to 6:00 pm.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of May 19th, we are following Executive Order 215.

 Last updated on: Friday, June 18, 2021


Map of North Carolina – Lake Norman State Park


Contact the park
 

704-528-6350

lake.norman@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Visitor center

759 State Park Road
Troutman, NC 28166

GPS: 35.6725, -80.9325
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • 24-hour access to campground and boat launch is available through the entrance on St. Johns Road.
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open daily:
    9:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Things to do

Hiking and Biking

With 30.5 miles of hiking/mountain bike and about 7.5 of hiking-only trails, the park is a great place for a hike or bike ride!  See the Trails page for more information.

Boating

Pedal boats, kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes are available for rent at the visitor center on Park Lake. Contact the visitor center for days and hours of operations.  Privately owned boats and watercraft may access Lake Norman from the public boat launch area located at the south end of the park, on Boat Launch Drive.  Use of the boat launch is free.

Check lake levels at the Duke Energy website.

Fishing

Popular fish in Lake Norman include crappie, bluegill and perch, catfish, as well as striped, largemouth and spotted bass. The smaller park lake also has some choice fishing spots. Regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission apply for both lakes.

Picnicking

There are three picnic areas at Lake Norman. One is located near the swimming area and accessible fishing pier, one is next to the visitor center, and another is located on Shortleaf Drive. All have restrooms, tables and grills. 

Use of picnic tables is free of charge and they cannot be reserved. Unreserved picnic shelters are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the shelters are very popular, so reservations are strongly suggested.

Swimming

A swim area is located in the south area of the park at the end of State Park Road near an accessible fishing pier and the pier picnic area. The complex includes a 125-yard-long sand beach, parking area and bathhouse with concession stand, restrooms, changing stalls, warm showers and lockers. Lifeguard service and locker rooms are only offered from 10am to 5:30pm from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. The concession stand is also open daily from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day as staffing allows.  The concession stand offers drinks, ice cream and snacks. The park charges a fee to swim only when lifeguards are on duty. The swim beach accepts only cash. If you are paying with a credit card, please go to the visitor center first to pay. For more information see the Fees/FAQs/Rules page.

Area Attractions

Learn more about area attractions at the Lake Norman Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau