History of the Lake Norman Region
In 1781, General Cornwallis proclaimed Charlotte to be “a damned hornet’s nest of rebellion.” At the battle site at Cowan’s Ford, General Davidson, along with a band of Catawba Valley farmers were able to slow the advance of General Cornwallis. General Davidson was injured and died at the river bank. A monument honoring Davidson is located near the South Shore of Lake Norman.
In 1928, ten dams were completed with a dozen powerhouses, making the Catawba “the world’s most electrified river.” The future was to create not only the largest lake in the Duke Power system, but the largest lake in the Carolina’s.
The ground breaking took place on September 28, 1959. It took four years to finish the huge dam, and another two years to fill the lake. Named after retired Duke Power President, Norman Atwater Cocke, people predicted Lake Norman to be an inland sea.
The Lakes shoreline is on the Towns of Mooresville, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Denver and other smaller areas, but the regions reach extends to Charlotte, Davidson, Historic Downtown Mooresville, Lincolnton and Statesville. It is centrally located from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Concord Airport (NASCAR) & Statesville Airport (Lowes Corp.)
Lake Norman is 760 feet above sea level, 130 feet deep at its deepest point, and holds 3.4 trillion gallons. Lake Norman is now home to over 40,000 registered boats!