Whether you have the benefit of living in a luxury waterfront home, or you’re just visiting the Lake Norman area in North Carolina, you’ll find yourself submerged in boating culture. Boating around Lake Norman is one of the most popular activities.
Lake Norman is a man-made lake. To provide a steady stream of water to adjoining counties, as well as to supply electricity to the region, Duke Power created Lake Norman.
Before 1963, the Lake Norman area was primarily occupied by farmers and agricultural land. Many of those farmers sold their properties to Duke Power. Some of those plots were flooded in the construction of the lake, while others provided the perfect landscape for what is now a piece of paradise for residents living in luxurious waterfront homes with spectacular views.
Lake Norman is about 34 miles long. At its widest part, the lake spans 8 miles. The deepest point of the lake is 140 feet.
Types of Boats on Lake Norman
Lake Norman sports a variety of watercraft vehicles including bass boats, canoes, charter boats, kayaks, paddle boats, pontoons, sailboats, speedboats, wakeboard boats, and yachts. Whether the goal is fishing, rowing, relaxing during a dinner cruise, or enjoying a power ride, there’s a boat to fit the need. Personal watercrafts also make a splash in the waters of Lake Norman.
No Boat? No Problem
Many residents aren’t ready to own a water vessel, don’t want the hassles of clean up and maintenance, or aren’t sure what kind of boat would best suit their needs. For this reason, there are several boat clubs based on membership. For a monthly fee, you can obtain unlimited use of a variety of boats – many of which come stocked with watersports equipment and a full tank of fuel.
Non-Membership Boat Rentals
When you just need a boat for the day or the weekend to enjoy Lake Norman and aren’t interested in the monthly membership, here are a few places that offer boat rentals:
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The Lake Norman Yacht Club (lnyc.com)
The Lake Norman Yacht Club is a member-run, non-profit organization for sailing and sailboat racing.
Where to Park Your Boat
There is a multitude of options for parking your boat on Lake Norman. Most marinas offer a variety of services and slip leases that include wet and dry docking.
Lake Norman Boating Laws
Before you hit the waters of Lake Norman in a watercraft, be aware of the laws. The statutes of North Carolina regulate the laws of Lake Norman, along with the Lake Norman Marina Commission, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and Catawba County, Iredell County, Lincoln County, and Mecklenburg County, all of which surround the lake.
- People born after January 1, 1998, who intend operate a watercraft are required to obtain a boater’s education certificate.
- To operate a personal watercraft (PWC) in North Carolina waters, including Lake Norman, you must be 14 years of age or older.
- If you like to make waves, note that wakes are illegal within 150 feet of bridges, boat launches, docks, piers, water intakes, or structures on Lake Norman.
- Life jackets are recommended for all but are a legal requirement for boaters under 13 years of age, and for anyone operating a personal watercraft.
- To prevent disturbances from noise, muffling systems for noise control are mandatory.
- Personal watercraft, or jet skis, have a different set of laws.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol can face severe penalties, significant fines, or even felony charges with jail time. Although it’s not illegal to have an open container of alcohol on a boat, a blood alcohol level of .08 percent signals intoxication. Any boating accident caused by DWI resulting in serious injury or fatality is a felony.
Safety and First Aid
Lake Norman ranks fourth in states with the most boating accidents. In addition to boat safety courses and responsible alcohol use, here are a few things to note about boat safety and first aid while enjoying water play.
- Wear sunscreen. That’s the easy part, along with bringing a hat and sunglasses to protect from the sun’s rays.
- Many people who set out for a day of boating think to grab cold beverages, but you’d be surprised how many forget to bring bottled water. Avoid dehydration by stocking your boat with drinking water.
- First aid kits are another handy tool to take with you on your boating adventures. You never know when you’ll need a bandage, gauze, burn cream, or antibiotic wipes.
- Make sure your boat to equip your vehicle with a type-b fire extinguisher. Type-b fire extinguishers are designed to extinguish flammable liquids.
- You never know when you’ll need to sound an alarm, so be sure to have a bell, horn, or whistle to alert others when necessary.
- You’ll need distress signals for daylight, and also for night boating.
The Perfect Playground
Lake Norman was constructed by Duke Power back in 1963 for practical and profitable purposes. Counties surrounding Lake Norman needed a reliable source of water, and the region needed a supply of electricity. However, the North Carolina focal point has long been loved for its natural beauty and water-related recreation.
Lake Norman has also created the platform for several communities who enjoy the benefits of waterfront living. Many homes around Lake Norman still offer the simple structures developed in the Lake’s early years, while others are awe-inspiring lakeside mansions.
Not only is Lake Norman a beautiful sight to take in, but it’s also the perfect playground on water. There’s no doubt that boating is ingrained in the Lake Norman vibe. You don’t have to own a boat to partake in the festivities, but you do have to understand boating safety and the laws governing the waters of North Carolina.
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