Lake Norman spans 32,510 acres, making it the largest artificial lake in North Carolina. It also offers endless recreation opportunities for couples, groups, and families. Whether you look forward to relaxing on the lakefront, swimming, fishing, boating, or paddleboarding, Lake Norman provides calm, clear water, enchanting coastal views, and 520 miles of beautiful shoreline.
Are you ready to spend a fun day on the lake? Here are a few of our favorite things to do here in Lake Norman—we hope you’ll enjoy them too!
There’s nothing quite like enjoying some relaxing time on the water. Lake Norman features a wealth of boat rentals, several of them in Mooresville. To make sure your boating experience is safe and enjoyable, pack all the necessary safety equipment beforehand, ensure everyone on the boat wears a comfortable, well-fitting life jacket, and check the weather before you sail.
Kayaking and Paddleboarding
Expand your range of on-the-water activities with kayaking and paddleboarding, two sports perfect for singles and families alike.
The calm waters of Lake Norman are ideal for exploration by kayak. Before you set out for your adventure, make sure you have all essential kayaking gear, such as a properly fitted Personal Flotation Device (PFD), a correct-sized paddle, appropriate clothing, a sun hat, and an ample supply of water and snacks.
If you would like to try out paddleboarding, Lake Norman is a great place to get in some practice. The days are often calm and sunny with little to no wind. It is best to paddle in a group if someone falls into the water and has trouble getting back on board.
Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing
If you’re up to some exciting water sports, give wakeboarding or wake surfing on Lake Norman a go. Even if you have never tried either option before, don’t let lack of experience intimidate you—it’s easy to learn.
With wakeboarding, a motor-powered boat pulls you along. Wakesurfers, on the other hand, hold on to a rope at first but then let go and ride the wave behind the boat. Wakeboarding allows higher speed and is popular with people looking for a thrill, while wake surfing is usually a more mellow experience. Try out both and pick your favorite.
You never know where your prize catch awaits you! Lake Norman is home to various freshwater fish, including crappie, catfish, largemouth bass, and yellow perch. The lake boasts some of the largest blue catfish ever caught in North Carolina—some weighing an impressive 85 pounds.
The best season for fishing on Lake Norman is early summer, but patient fishermen might get lucky year-round. Stump Creek on Perth Road is a prime Mooresville fishing location. Before you go fishing, you will need a North Carolina fishing license. You can purchase a license online or through a Wildlife Service Agent.
Lake Norman State Park
If you are a fan of family summer camping, Lake Norman State Park is the perfect place for you. The park offers over 30 miles of mountain biking trails, a boat ramp, ample fishing spots, and a lovely long beach. Children and adults alike will enjoy the family-friendly Dragonfly Trail.
The campground features well-developed amenities, including kitchen facilities, fireplace rentals, and restrooms. Depending on your inclination and budget, you might opt for a tent, trailer, RV, or cabin camping.
Lazy 5 Ranch
Spending time around Lake Norman doesn’t have to be all about waterfront activities. Located in Mooresville, NC, Lazy 5 Ranch will provide an unforgettable experience for kids and adults who love animals. With an interactive drive-through safari, Lazy 5 Ranch offers a fantastic opportunity to observe over 750 animals from all over the world.
The ranch also protects several endangered species, such as the Scimitar Horned Oryx and the Grevy Zebra. Make sure you check the ranch’s operation hours before you make your plans for the day.
A Delicious Meal
After you’ve had your fill of swimming, boating, camping, and sightseeing, you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner in a local restaurant. We are proud of Eddie’s making it into the Top 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in Lake Norman, NC, on Yelp.
Searching for “Seafood Restaurants Near Me?” Join Us for Lunch or Dinner at Eddie’s on Lake Norman
Eddie’s on Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC is the perfect place for a laid-back, carefree lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. Savor the relaxing atmosphere, enjoy charming live music, and browse our rich menu featuring entrees, seafood dishes, light salads and soups, Italian specials, and irresistible desserts.
We look forward to seeing you at Eddie’s!
Eddie Lubic and Ann-Margaret Wagner
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