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Viewing the lake through the trees at Lake Norman State Park
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Current status of park facilities   

The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily. All visitors must wear a mask or face covering while inside the visitor center.

There are NO boat rentals or concessions.

The swim beach is open. There are no lifeguards on duty so you swim at your own risk. Currently there is no charge.

Hiking trails, boat ramp, and some 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 25 people per reservation/event. Social distancing, face covering, and frequent hand washing all are required for rentals of these facilities.

Outdoor facalities such as Shelters are open for reservations. Shelters are limited to 45 people per reservation/event. Social distancing, face covering, and frequent hand washing all are required for rentals of these facilities.

Family campsites and group campsites are open for reservations. Visit the reservations website or call 1-877-722-6762 to make a reservation.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of March 12th, we are following Executive Order 195.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN.    

The Itusi Bike Trails are OPEN.

 Last updated on: Friday, April 16, 2021

Family campground construction   

Thank you for your patience, our new campground facilities are now available for reservation. Please navigate to our Reservations Section to make your reservation or call 877-722-6762

 Last updated on: Monday, February 22, 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 12:00pm
    1:00pm to 4:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Additional information

There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park. In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.

Swimming

The swimming area is open to the public year-round.  Lifeguard service is offered from 10am to 5:30pm from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. 

Fees: Swimming fees are only charged 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.

Adult (13 and over) --- $6/day
Child ages 3 - 12 --- $4/day

  • Lifeguard service and locker rooms are only offered from 10am to 5:30pm from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day
  • Alcohol or being intoxicated is not allowed anywhere in the park.
  • Pets are not allowed in the swim area, beach buildings or adjacent grassy hillsides and may not be left unattended anywhere in the park.
  • Swimming and wading are allowed only inside the designated area.
  • In the event of thunder/lightning, the beach will be cleared until 30 minutes past the last sign of danger.  No refunds/rainchecks will be given for bad weather.
  • Throwing objects - hard balls, sand, mud or rocks - is prohibited as other swimmers could be injured.
  • Scuba diving is prohibited.
  • Metal detecting is not allowed anywhere in the park.
  • Coolers are allowed; however, glass and metal cans are prohibited.
  • Touching swim lines or wooden pilings is prohibited.
  • Visitors must obey the commands of lifeguards.

Canoe and Pedalboat Rental

Boat rentals are generally available May through September, daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. being the last rental. Boat rentals in the cool weather months are available daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
3:30 p.m. being the last rental.  All boat rentals are subject to staff availability.

Canoes accommodate 1 to 4 persons each, pedalboats accommodate 2 to 4 persons, kayaks and paddle boards accommodate only 1 person each.

Fees
$7 per hour

Permits

Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity permit application or obtain one from the park office.

Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.

 

A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.