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Beach/Cove Picnic Area Closed for Special Event - Morning of Sunday, May 7    

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, SetUp Events will be holding the Lake Norman Sprint Triathlon centering around the state park Beach and Cove Picnic Area.  From 8:00 am to 1:00 pm vehicle traffic will not be allowed to enter the beach area.  Patrons wishing to hike the Lakeshore Trail will be directed to park and access the Lakeshore Trail at the Boat Ramp Parking Lot.  Visitors to Lake Norman State Park on that day are asked to be extremely cautious as race participants will be running and bicycling in the park and on the surrounding roadways.  The Beach and Cove Picnic Area will reopen to the general public at 1:00 pm. 

 Posted on: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 8:00pm
Now taking applications for seasonal positions.   

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: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 10:53am
The Itusi Trail is OPEN.   

The Itusi Trail is OPEN.

 Posted on: Friday, April 28, 2017 - 10:01am
Events and Programs

Lake Norman State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


This 6 hour workshop focuses on spider natural history and identification. Participants will be able to identify spiders in the field using field marks, behavior and location. We will learn about the importance of good habitat for spiders as well as their role in an ecosystem. Participants will be able to lead hikes and interpret spider behavior and life cycles. We will also learn about and participate in educational activities geared towards spiders and spider conservation.

Please come dressed for the weather. We will be doing educational activities and field surveys in and out of doors. Please bring a pack lunch and plenty of water. The majority of the afternoon will be spent conducting field surveys for spiders to practice identification.

Prior registration is required. Please contact Sharon Becker at or 704-528-6514 to register. This workshop will count as 6 hours of Criteria II, III or continuing education credit for the NC EE Certification.

Date of Event:
Fri, 05/12/2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Please meet at the Visitor Center classroom.

Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight! Join the Piedmont Amateur Astronomy Club and rangers while they explore what stars you are seeing tonight. Rain date will be July 29, 2017 at 8:30pm.

Date of Event:
Fri, 07/28/2017 - 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Start Location:
Swim Beach Parking Lot

Kids bring your Grandparents to the park and go fishing with a ranger. The ranger will discuss fishing safety, the types of fish found in the lake, and many more fishy facts. Meet in the visitor center at 759 State Park Rd Troutman.

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/10/2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a ranger for a nature hike down the Alder Trail. Meet at the Visitor Center (759 State Park Rd Troutman). For more information, please call 704-528-6350.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/23/2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a ranger for a nature hike down the Alder Trail. Meet at the Visitor Center (759 State Park Rd Troutman). For more information, please call 704-528-6350.

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/24/2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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