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Rutherford County softball blanked by Rowan

The Digital Courier

Date: 7/19/2018 2:11:00 AM

FOREST CITY — Riding high after their victory against Lake Norman, Rutherford County’s 11-and-12-year-old softball team ran into a buzz saw in Rowan County on Tuesday night in the championship round f

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Water Resources Outlook - July 2018

Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 7/19/2018

Water Resources Outlook - July

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King Canary Brewing Company Opens in North Carolina

Date: 7/18/2018 11:00:00 AM

MOORESVILLE, NC. — King Canary Brewing Company, a family-friendly brewery on Lake Norman in Mooresville NC celebrated their grand opening in mid-May and are now in full swing as a taproom offering cla

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Serious crash shuts down I-77 at Lake Norman


Date: 7/18/2018 8:56:00 AM

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. – All southbound lanes of I-77 are blocked in northern Mecklenburg County after a crash involving an RV. NCDOT reported the crash a little before 11:30 a.m. near Griffith Stre

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Charlotte unveils new transit options, including a billion-dollar tunnel through uptown


Date: 7/17/2018 9:01:00 PM

The Charlotte Area Transit System on Tuesday unveiled detailed options for light rail to the airport, rail or bus to Lake Norman, and a possible tunnel through uptown. CATS chief executive John Lewis

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• Length: 520 Miles
• Surface Area: 32,510 Acres
• Drainage Area: 1,790 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 34 Feet
• Maximum Depth: 110 feet
• Length: 34 Miles
Lake Norman, created between 1959 and 1964 as part of the construction of the Cowans Ford Dam by Duke Energy, is the largest manmade body of fresh water located in North Carolina.

Lake Norman is fed by the Catawba River, and drains into Mountain Island Lake to the south. It was named after former Duke Power president Norman Cornelius. Lake Norman is sometimes referred to as the "inland sea" of North Carolina; it offers 520 miles of shoreline and a surface area of more than 50 square miles. Full pond at Lake Norman is 760 feet above mean sea level. Interstate 77 and North Carolina Highway 150 cross Lake Norman at different points.
Lake Norman provides electricity to the Piedmont region of the Carolinas. It powers the generators at the hydroelectric station at Cowans Ford Dam, and is used by Marshall Steam Station and McGuire Nuclear Station to cool the steam that drives their turbines. The lake supplies water to Lincoln County, Iredell County, Mooresville, Charlotte, and other towns in Mecklenburg County, particularly Davidson and Huntersville.
Duke Power partnered with the state of North Carolina to establish Lake Norman State Park. It has also built two bank fishing areas and eight public boating access areas along the shoreline. One site is leased to Mecklenburg County and one to Iredell County. Popular game fish in Lake Norman include catfish, crappie, bluegill and yellow perch, as well as striped, largemouth, white bass along with multiple types of turtles.
Lake Norman is also the location for one of the International Jet Sport Boats Association (IJSBA) tour stops. Team Tweek, a race team headquartered in Mooresville, helps promote and coordinate the annual event.
Lake Norman is also the location of Lake Norman Yacht Club which is the host of many South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association (SAYRA) sailboat races throughout the year. Davidson College also owns and operates a "Lake Campus" for students on Lake Norman.
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