Catawba River Blueway - Lake Norman Section

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Trailhead

The Lake Norman section of the Catawba River has a number of boat launches located along this corridor. The north most put-in is located at the Long Island Access Area in Catawba, NC.

Launch 1: Long Island Access Area

Address - 8400 Long Island Road, Catawba, NC 28609 MAP

 

Launch 2: Lake Norman State Park (Approximately 5.5 miles from Long Island Access)

Address - 759 State Park Road, Troutman, NC 28166 MAP

*Please note: You can not see this access from the water.

 

Launch 3: Stumpy Creek Access Area (Approximately 5.5 miles from Lake Norman State Park, 6.5 miles from Long Island Access)

Address - State Rd 1301, Mooresville, NC 28117 MAP

 

Launch 4: Pinnacle Access Area (Approximately 2.5 miles from Stumpy Creek Access)

Address - 1580 River Highway, Mooresville, NC 28117 MAP

 

Launch 5: McCrary Access Area (Approximately 1 mile from Pinnacle Access)

Address - 1459 River Highway, Mooresville, NC 28117 MAP

 

Launch 6: Hagers Creek Access Area (Approximately 3.5 miles from McCrary Access)

Address - 781 State Road 1115, Mooresville, NC 28117 MAP

 

Launch 7: Little Creek Access Area (Approximately 2.5 miles from Hagers Creek Access)

Address - 4906 Burton Lane, Denver, NC 28037 MAP

 

Launch 8: Beattys Ford Access Area (Approximately 6.5 miles from Little Creek Access)

Address - 8335 Seipel Dr, Denver, NC 28037 MAP

 

Launch 9: Ramsey Creek Access Area (Approximately 5.5 miles from Beattys Ford Access)

Address - 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, NC 28078 MAP

 

Launch 10: Blythe Landing (Approximately 2 miles from Ramsey Creek Access)

Address - 15901 NC Highway 73, Huntersville, NC 28078 MAP

Description

If you wish to paddle the other sections of the Catawba River Blueway (see "View Connector Trails") you will need car because there are no portage trails.

Lake Norman is home to the towns of Davidson, Denver, Cornelius, Huntersville and Mooresville. Located only 15 miles from uptown Charlotte, Lake Norman provides an escape from the city and connection to nature. Created in 1963 by Duke Energy, Lake Norman is 34 miles long and offers numerous attractions to explore. 

"Lake Norman is an "inland sea" with 520 miles of shoreline and a surface area of more than 32,475 acres. Named after former Duke Power president Norman Cocke, Lake Norman is nearly as large as the other ten lakes on the Catawba combined. Full pond elevation at Lake Norman is 760 feet. The water of Lake Norman is used in two ways to provide electricity to the Piedmont Carolinas. It is used to power the generators at Cowans Ford Hydroelectric Station and by Marshall Steam Station and McGuire Nuclear Station to cool the steam that drives the turbines. This steam is condensed back to water so it can be pumped back through the plants and used again. The lake provides a dependable supply of water to Lincoln County, Davidson, Mooresville, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Huntersville, North Carolina.

Duke Energy partnered with the state in the establishment of the Lake Norman State Park. In addition, Duke Energy has 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." - Duke Energy - Lake Norman

 

 

Other Information

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT EVEN THE EASIEST SECTIONS OF THE RIVER CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS DURING PERIODS OF HIGH WATER FLOW. 

It is strongly recommended that you check the release schedule for the dam above the section that you are paddling before starting the trip because water levels can increase quickly on the Catawba. Information about scheduled releases and the impact on downstream flow on the Lake Norman section of the Catawba River is available on the Duke Energy website or by calling 800-829-5253.  

Trail Manager

Duke Energy manages the following boat launches:

  • Long Island Access Area
  • Stumpy Creek Access Area 
  • Pinnacle Access Area
  • McCray Access Area
  • Hagers Access Area
  • Little Creek Access Area
  • Beatty's Ford Access Area

Lake Norman State Park manages Lake Norman State Park access.

Ramsey Creek Park manages Ramsey Creek Access Area.

Blythe Landing is managed by Blythe Landing.   

Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation
North Region
North Park Region Office
6301 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
Phone: 980-314-1001
NorthParkRegion@mecklenburgcountync.gov

Duke Energy
Recreation
Phone: 1-800-443-5193

Lake Norman State Park
759 State Park Road
Troutman, NC 28166
Phone: (704) 528-6350
lake.norman@ncparks.gov

Ramsey Creek Park
Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation
18441 Nantz Road
Cornelius, NC 28078
Phone: 704-336-8869

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31-mile stretch along the Catawba River starting at the north terminus of Lake Norman. This section brings you pass Lake Norman State Park and Latta Plantation Preserve.

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Paddling
Location Catawba (NC)
Catawba Springs (NC)
Cornelius (NC)
Davidson (NC)
Denver (NC)
Huntersville (NC)
Mooresville (NC)
Troutman (NC)
Difficulty Moderate
Length31.1 miles, One Way
Surface
Fees No
PetsUnknown
Motorized vehiclesUnknown
ADA CompliantNo
Number of parking spacesvaries
RestroomsUnknown
Hours of operationDawn - Dusk

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