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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
     

 

 

 

Scheduled events

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.

 

Come out and join a Park Ranger to learn about the different types of fish that call Lake Norman home as well as different habitats where fish can be found. We will practice casting, tying knots, and participants will even get a chance to fish with live bait! Rods, reels, and bait are provided. Program will be held on Park Lake behind the Visitors Center. The fun will begin at 10am! Be sure to follow all COVID protocol. For more information or questions, please call 704-528-6350.

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/09/2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Park Lake, behind Visitor Center

Come learn about the different kinds of pollution that animals at Lake Norman can eat by going into a bird's stomach and what you can do to help prevent animals from eating this! (Note: The 'stomach' is a bowl of Jell-O with different things our bird has eaten, no bird was hurt for this program). Please meet at the Wood Duck Shelter, behind the Visitor Center. Be sure to follow all COVID protocols. For more information or questions, please call 704-528-6350.

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/16/2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Wood Duck Shelter, behind the Visitor Center

Are they creepy and slimy or cool and smooth? Join a Park Ranger to discuss snakes that live in North Carolina and have the opportunity to meet a corn snake. Please meet in the auditorium of the Visitor Center. Please follow all Covid protocol. For more information or questions, please call 704-528-6350.

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/23/2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a retired park ranger for a 2-mile hike through the autumn woods of Lake Norman State Park. Our destination will be the gravesite of Julia E. Clark who died on July 7 of 1849. During this 1.5-hour stroll through the forest, hikers will talk about the plants and animals found in the fall woodlands of piedmont North Carolina and discuss the history of Lake Norman State Park. Wear sturdy shoes for this off-trail ramble through the brambles. For more information, feel free to call or text Greg at (919) 215-7170.

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/23/2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Family Campground site 31 and 33

Join a retired park ranger for a 2-mile hike through the autumn woods of Lake Norman State Park.  Our destination will be the gravesite of Julia E. Clark who died on July 7 of 1849.  During this 1.5-hour stroll through the forest, hikers will talk about the plants and animals found in the fall woodlands of piedmont North Carolina and discuss the history of Lake Norman State Park.  Wear sturdy shoes for this off-trail ramble through the brambles.  For more information, feel free to call or text Greg at (919) 215-7170.

Date of Event:
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Start Location:
Family Campground site 31 and 33