Whether you're a Lake Norman local or just stopping by for the weekend, you may have some questions about what the area has to offer. Look no further, we're here to help. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions regarding the Lake Norman area.
Where can I see the water?
Lake Norman has a wide variety of waterfront parks that have access to the lake, such as:
This 104-acre park includes picnic sites, lighted tennis courts, walking trails, gazebo, tanning beach (no swimming), playgrounds, restrooms, concession area and Waterfront Hall which may be reserved for special events.
This waterfront park covers 46 acres and features a public swimming access area open from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, boat launching and docks, a new playground, picnic shelters, nature trails, and Patriot Pier, a fishing pier dedicated to veterans and active military members.
This 24-acre park features floating piers for boat launching, making boating a breeze. The park also includes a playground, picnic area, and sand volleyball courts. When you're done with outdoor activities, head inside to grab a bite to eat at the Dockside Café.
Where can I eat on the lake?
Feeling hungry? Lake Norman offers many waterfront restaurants, all offering boat slips to make your day on the lake even easier. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the water at these delicious establishments:
Port City Club boasts a 13,500 sq. ft. waterfront restaurant with a deck fully enclosed and heated for your year-round enjoyment.
From the owners of the widely known restaurant Kindred in Davidson comes Hello, Sailor. This waterfront restaurant is a “modern play on a fish camp that still focuses on ‘chef-driven dishes." Enjoy fresh seafood right on the water at this high-end restaurant in Cornelius.
Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, North Harbor Club offers fine cuisine using fresh ingredients and the perfect touch of our Executive Chef. If it's just too hot to eat outside, enjoy the newly renovated nautical-themed indoor dining to get the feel of being on the lake without the heat!
Where can I fish?
Looking to do a little fishing? Lake Norman's got you covered with both guided tours and public access fishing. Need a fishing license? NC Wildlife has them for purchase online, or you can go to West Marine, Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, or local tackle shops.
Join Captain Craig Price, a master rated USCG licensed captain, on a guided fishing tour of Lake Norman. His new custom built 23 ft. intruder skiff, Pretty Work II, is rigged and ready, so book your fishing adventure today and get ready to yell Fish On!
With Capt. Gus, you'll learn fishing techniques that will not only improve your fishing and allow you to catch more fish on your own, with light tackle used to maximize the excitement of lake fishing. Fishing trips are offered year-round, including weekends and holidays!
Madison River Outfitters guided tours are all-inclusive, fully insured, and full-service. All trips are tailored and flexible to the needs of our customers and can cater to every experience level. Madison River Fly Fishing Guides provide first-class service, relevant advice, and expert instruction for every single trip.
Public Access Fishing:
Latta Nature Center and Preserve is home to the Historic Latta Plantation and the Carolina Raptor Center. Amenities include a Nature Center, 18 miles of hiking trails and horseback riding, picnic area with shelter overlooks, fishing and kayak tours and launch area.
Blythe Landing, Jetton Park, and Ramsey Creek, although previously mentioned, all feature public access fishing spots via floating docks, boat launchings, and beach accesses. With an abundance of fishing spots around the Lake Norman area, you're guaranteed a serene fishing experience.
Where can I have a drink?
If you're feeling thirsty, Lake Norman has a variety of breweries, beer and wine shops, such as:
A small, local and “green” NC brewery specializing in new and unique flavors made from high-quality ingredients. Come taste up to 12 different handcrafted drafts at their taproom.
D9 Brewing Company was started by two engineers and a doctor, with a mission to inspire and support the community through the creation of exciting and original crafted ales. The community-oriented taproom encourages customers to gather with friends and enjoy a tasty pint from one of Charlotte's largest breweries.
Eleven Lakes Brewing boasts a lengthy background in homebrewing, making great beer their top priority. Utilizing a small batch process allows the brewers to focus on quality ingredients and stay true to their roots. Whether it’s a year-round staple or an experimental seasonal, Eleven Lakes approaches every batch with the highest standards and attention to detail.
Primal Brewery was founded by homebrewers, who not only enjoyed the process of brewing but also the overall experience. Having been open only five years, the single building 3/4 acre facility has rapidly grown to almost 3 full acres with multiple buildings totaling over 7,000 square feet. Brew beer that you love to drink, in a place that you love to drink it, with people you love to drink it with!
Where can I go shopping?
The Lake Norman area has many different places to satisfy everyone's shopping needs. Here are a few:
Downtown Davidson is the perfect spot for your artistic needs, boasting numerous craft and book stores, boutiques, galleries and rotating exhibits - all while enjoying the rich history Davidson has to offer.
This outdoor shopping complex has just about everything - with locally-owned shops and boutiques, wine stores, restaurants, and so much more, Birkdale makes this tiny pedestrian village a serene escape from normal shopping centers.
Enjoy a walk through charming Downtown Cornelius while stopping by to shop at places like Oak Street Mill, a collection of antique stores, boutiques, retail stores, dance and fitness studios.
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