Do You Know....These Lake Norman Facts?

Let's see how much you know about Lake Norman.

  • Lake Norman is known to many as the "Inland Sea."
  • It was created in the late 1950s and early 1960s as the largest freshwater lake in the whole state.
  • Duke Power plants more than 1,400 trees every year around the lake
  • Foresters use an organic compound around the shorelines to help reduce the number of mosquitos
  • Four counties touch Lake Norman: Catawba, Mecklenburg, Iredell, and Lincoln
  • It is said to have taken 700 days to fill the lake after the dam was constructed
  • Back in 1965, you could buy a lakefront lot from Duke Power starting at $500 per acre
  • Underwater steam vents used by the power plants create unnatural hot "springs" in parts of the lake
  • They did not remove or level old structures for the lake's construction. Which makes it a fun place to scuba dive. You can find: cemeteries, schools, churches, homes, a mill village, Highway 150 and Beatties Ford bridge, the Revolutionary War Battlefield, and even an airplane
  • There is a tale of a Lake Norman monster known as "Normie"; it is said to be a serpentine creature with flippers or fins. Many witnesses have said they have spotted the monster, although most think it is just a massive catfish, salamander, or bowfin

These are just some of the interesting facts and history of Lake Norman. There is so much more to learn and discover. If you want to dive deeper into the lake, below are two sites with more Lake Norman information.

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