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New Hours Adopted at Lake Norman State Park Swim Complex

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Michael F. Easley, Governor
William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Monday, March 20, 2006

New Hours Adopted at Lake Norman State Park Swim Complex

RALEIGH --The swim complex at Lake Norman State Park near Troutman in Iredell County will operate under a new schedule beginning April 1, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. The area will open to the public daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. April 1 through Oct. 31.

The adjusted hours will allow park staff to improve safety and security at the swim complex, said Park Superintendent Casey Rhinehart. "An attempt last year to keep the swim area open for extended hours did not allow time for our staff to prepare the park for the next day's operation and to secure the park at closing time," he said. "The new hours will conform to those at swim areas throughout the state parks system."

The Lake Norman swim complex opened in April 2005 and offers a 125-yard-long sand beach and a bathhouse with concession stand, restrooms, changing stalls, warm showers and lockers. The concession stand is open from 10 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and from noon until 5:45 p.m. on weekends in April, May, September and October.

The park charges a fee to swim only when lifeguards are present. The fee is $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12.

Swimmers visiting the park should be aware of rules particular to the swim complex including: that pets are not allowed and may not be left unattended in the park; that alcoholic beverages and glass or metal containers are prohibited; that scuba diving is prohibited; that swimming or wading is allowed only inside of the designated area. Coolers are allowed in the complex. Other rules that may apply are posted at the complex.

The swim complex is located in the south area of the park at the end of State Park Road near the accessible fishing pier and the pier picnic area.