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“More to offer than you may think?”
Review of Lake Norman

Lake Norman
Ranked #21 of 177 things to do in Charlotte
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Owner description: Man-made lake located outside of Charlotte that offers golfing, fishing and boating.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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176 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“More to offer than you may think?”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

On a hot summers day and as a tourist to Charlotte, we fancied a nice cooling swim in a lake and therefore headed off towards Lake Norman State ark.

There is only area of the lake to swim in and therefore as you can imagine it is very popular. Therefore, its not surprising to note that it can get extremely congested in the afternoon so I recommend for a quieter sunbath / swim you get there for the morning sun.

There is a small charge $5 adults and $4 children aged 3-12. They do provide changing rooms / showers and lockers. Also, for piece of mind Lifeguards are on duty both on the beach & in the water. The swing area is cordoned off.

However, Lake Norman State Park offers more than a swim, it has family camping, boat rentals (not available 2014) and picnic shelters, all have costs associated with them.

Note: there is a large number of steps to be taken if you take a direct route from the changing room area to the beach but there is also a gradual sloping winding pathway down to the beach.

Visited August 2014
4 Thank KVLiverpool
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Coram, New York
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Enjoy a pontoon boat”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

We rented a pontoon boat for 4 hours. Had so much fun swimming and cruising the lake. We went out with a group of 7 people, and we all agreed that 4 hours is plenty of time.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Mary R
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103 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Not worth the time to go”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

I was looking forward to going to Lake Norman as I love lakes. It is not what you would expect for vacation or relaxation, it is rather more of a residential area. There is a state park and Jetton Park which I both visited, lots of boat ramps and pretty not much for tourists, except shopping and restaurants unless you spend most your time on a boat. However, honestly even if you are a boat person there are places that are more fun than this.

Visited July 2014
6 Thank Agnes L
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Palm Coast, Florida, United States
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87 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Live near the Lake... really do not like it.”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Maybe it's just not my thing but in my opinion, the lake is gross. Also, the life guards are rude. Like I said, maybe it's because I'm used to the beach but I don't know..

Visited July 2014
5 Thank Sabrina S
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Davidson, North Carolina
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241 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Beautiful Lake Norman”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

We bought a condo on the like and are enjoying the beautiful views and quiet reflections. It is wonderful to sit on a bench and gaze at the water. We enjoy watching the water sports on the lake as well as the quiet fisher people.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Carol S
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