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

The Itusi Bike Trails are CLOSED due to wet conditions. 

 Last updated on: Monday, July 26, 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. 

Boat rentals are $10 per hour. 

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: Monday, July 12, 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
     

 

 

 

History highlights

The area surrounding the Catawba River is rich in history. Artifacts including pottery shards, flint chips and arrowheads, as well as burial sites near the river, indicate the presence of Native Americans long before European settlement.

The Catawba Indians had an estimated population of 5,000 in 1600, but their number declined steadily due to disease and warfare with Iroquoian tribes. By 1760, the tribe was reduced to 60 fighting men. And in 1762, the Catawba left the area and moved south.

In the mid-18th century, Fort Dobbs was built to protect area settlers during the French and Indian War. Daniel Boone helped to defend this fort against the Cherokees. During the Revolutionary War, Lord Cornwallis set up a camp in the area and a skirmish was fought at Cowans Ford, an area now covered by Lake Norman.

Lake Norman was created from 1959 to 1964 when Duke Power Company built the Cowans Ford Dam across the Catawba River to generate electrical energy. The creation of the lake led to further industrialization of Mecklenburg County, helping establish Charlotte as a major trade center.

The park was formed in September, 1962, when Duke Power Company donated 1,328 acres of land on the northeastern shore of Lake Norman for a state park.