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Viewing the lake through the trees at Lake Norman State Park
Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN.   

The Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN.

 Last updated on: Friday, September 24, 2021

Current status of park facilities   

The visitor center is open from 9am to 5pm Monday thru Sunday.

There are limited boat rentals available on the weekends. 

Boat rentals are $10 per hour. 

The swim beach is open. There are no lifeguards on duty, swim at your own risk. The bathhouse and concessions is currently closed.

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 5:00 pm.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Masks are required inside the Visitor Center.

 Last updated on: Thursday, September 23, 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
     

 

 

 

Camping


Reservations
 

 Find and book a campsite or facility online

 Or make your reservation at 1-877-722-6762
 


Available camping facilities
 

► Tent, trailer and RV camping

Sites #1 to #32 are paved with tent pads, picnic table, and fire ring with grill cover, but no water, electric or sewer hookups. Occupancy is limited to one family or six people per site.

Sites #34 to #44 are paved with picnic pads containing a table, lamp post, and fire ring with grill cover. These sites have hookups for water, 30- and 50-amp electricity available, and sewer. Occupancy is limited to one family or six people per site.

There is a dump station on-site available for campers. Non-campers can use the dump station for a $20 fee. Call the visitor center for information.

Quiet hours are between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Generator use, amplified music, intrusive noises, and driving through the campground are not allowed during quiet hours.

All visitors who are not registered campers and are not spending the night need to leave the campground prior to closing time.

 

► Camper cabins

Six camper cabins are also available. Each cabin can accommodate up to six people; one bedroom has a double bed and the other has two sets of bunk beds. Campers must bring their own pillows and sleeping bags or linens, as these are not provided. The cabins have electric outlets and a heating and air-conditioning unit. There are no restrooms inside the cabin, and campers must use the nearby bathhouse and water spigots. A picnic table, fire ring, and a lantern hook are provided at each cabin.

One cabin, campsite #1, is wheelchair accessible.

Smoking, open flames, and cooking are prohibited inside the cabins. Pets, except for service animals, are prohibited inside and around the sites. Each cabin has parking space for two vehicles only.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for photos of the camper cabins.

 

► Group tent camping

Walk-in group campsites may be reserved by organized groups for a fee. Campers without reservations must confirm site availability with park staff before occupying a site.

No less than 7 or more than 25 people are permitted on each site.

Drinking water and restrooms are available nearby; picnic tables and a fire ring are provided at each site. The group campground is open from April through November. There is no vehicle access to the group sites.
 


Important information
 

Check-in and check-out times

Check-in time is at 3 p.m. If you arrive at the park before 5 p.m., go to the visitor center to check in. If you arrive after 5 p.m., go directly to your reserved site and begin to set up; the camp host or a ranger will come by to check you in.

Check-out time is 12 p.m. Be sure to extinguish your campfire and remove all trash from the site prior to departure.

Cabin campers: please assist staff by sweeping and taking trash to the provided dumpster. When you are ready to leave, pull the door closed behind you and make sure it locks.
 

Amenities

Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathhouses or pit toilets, or has RV hookups; and learn other important information.
 

Gate access

The campground has 24-hour access through the entrance on St. Johns Road.

All visitors who are not registered campers and are not spending the night need to leave the campground prior to the park closing time.

 

Changes and cancellations

You can now cancel reservations online by logging into your account on the reservations website. Please note that there is a $6 fee per night to cancel a reservation. The fees will be deducted from your refund.

If you need to make changes to your reservation, please call the reservations number at 1-877-722-6762. You cannot switch dates, campsites, or parks using your account online — you will be charged the cancellation fees, even if you book a new site.

In the event of a closure for a campsite, campground or the entire park, you will be contacted automatically by the reservations system to cancel or change your reservation. You will receive a full refund for cancellations due to park closures.
 


Camping rates per night
 

Campsite type

Nightly rate

Tent/trailer campsite

(no RV hookups)

$26

Camper cabin*

$58

Group tent campsite
maximum capacity of 25

$65

 

all rates listed above include $3 reservation fee
 


Photos

 

Cabin photos

Cabin #6 at Lake Norman State Park. Photo by S. Avis.

Outside shot of cabin
 

Front room of cabin at Lake Norman State Park. Photo by S. Avis.

Front room of the cabin
 

A different angle of the front room of a cabin at Lake Norman State Park. Photo by S. Avis.

Front room from other angle
 

Bunk bed in cabin at Lake Norman State Park. Photo by S. Avis.

One of the bunk beds in second room
 

Bunk room in cabin at Lake Norman State Park. Photo by S. Avis.

Second room in cabin

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 10:00am
Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 2:00pm
Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 10:00am