About the Area
Photo Courtesy of Visit Lake Norman at Energy Explorium in Huntersville
Visit Lake Norman (VLN) where your business and recreation is our pleasure! Nestled on the banks of beautiful Lake Norman are the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. These unique towns present a wide array of leisure amenities for visitors and guests including upscale shopping, year-round golfing, NASCAR, fishing and other water activities. Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in the Carolinas, is the place for fun in the sun! Created in 1963 by Duke Energy, Lake Norman is 34 miles long with 520 miles of shoreline. From Lake Norman, you may enjoy the ease of traveling anywhere in the state, being just north of Charlotte, while the mountains and coast are a short drive away. Whatever your desire, find it in Lake Norman.
Cornelius was established in 1905 and originated as a mill and farm community. Originally incorporated as ‘Liverpool', the town's name was changed to Cornelius to honor Joseph Benjamin Cornelius. When Lake Norman was formed, Cornelius added 54 miles of shoreline. Today, Cornelius is a laid-back town offering unique attractions, restaurants, lakeside parks and shopping.
Davidson is a charming, Southern college town. Davidson was founded in 1837, with the establishment of Davidson College which remains a vital part to the town's identity today. In 2011, Davidson was awarded its first Tree City USA designation. Davidson one of just 72 communities in North Carolina and just 3,000 nationwide to receive the award. In 2004, Davidson was a Smart Growth Award winner for Overall Excellence in town planning and design, the main street of Davidson offers a variety of shops, restaurants, wide sidewalks and a public library. Davidson is bicycle and pedestrian friendly, so take a walk around the town and enjoy Davidson's more than 12 miles of greenways and bike lanes, parks, national arboretum, and beautiful flowers throughout town.
Lake Norman Quick Facts
- Year Built: 1959-1963
- Area: 32,510 acres at full pond
- Length: 33.6 miles
- Width: 9 miles
- Shore line length: 520 miles
- Maximum Depth: 110 feet
- Average Depth: 33.5 feet
- Maximum Draw-down: 15 feet
- Capacity: 3.4 trillion gallons of water
- Volume: 1,093,600 acre-feet
- Elevation at full pond: 760 feet above MSL
- Retention Time: 207 days (average)
- Drainage Area: 1,790 square miles
- Average River Flow at Cowans Ford Dam: 1,726 MGD
- Named for: Norman Atwater Cocke (former president of Duke Power)
- Source of the Catawba River: Evans Knob in Gower County
- Lake level: Call 1-800-829-5253
- Location: Latitude: 35.5177689 Longitude: -80.9557724
- Total length: 7,387 feet (1,279 feet is concrete, 6,108 feet is earthen)
- Maximum height: 130 feet
- Number of generators: 4
- Generating capacity: 350,000 kilowatts
- Note: Site of crucial 1781 revolutionary war battle between British General Cornwallis and American General Davidson and it forms Lake Norman.
- McGuire Nuclear Station
- Generation Units: 2
- Energy source: Uranium Dioxide (UO2)
- Generating capacity: 2258 megawatts (20% of Duke's total)
- Construction: 1971 - 1981
- Cost: $2 Billion
- Named for: William Bulgin McGuire, president of Duke Power from 1959 to 1971.
- Location: Huntersville, NC
- 17 miles northwest of Charlotte
- At Hwy. 73 and the Catawba River
- 700 acre site
- Generation units: 4
- Energy Source: Coal (18,000 tons per day at full power)
- Generating capacity: 2,090 megawatts (14% of Duke's total)
- Commercial Operation: 1965
- Named for: E.C. Marshall, president of Duke Power from 1949 to 1953.
- Location: Denver, NC
- 2 miles west of the Catawba River on Hwy 150
- Note: Marshall is the second largest coal-burning station in the Duke system. The four-unit station has consistently ranked as one of the most efficient coal plants in the nation.
By Bill & Diana Gleasner, Inc., The Peninsula Press, Denver, NCSource: History Courtesy of Queen's Landing