The Greater Lake Norman encompasses several counties and cities surrounding the largest man made lake in North Carolina. Locals talk about Lake Norman by describing East side or West Side. East side of Lake Norman is more developed due to the I-77 corridor which runs from Statesville through the east side of the LKN (short for Lake Norman) area to Charlotte. The East side population is concentrated in 4 areas. The towns of Mooresville, Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville cover most of the east side of the lake. There are many large planned communities that depict lake living at its best on both side of the Lake Norman. The Peninsula and The Point/Trump National of Charlotte are two subdivisions that have both lake living and excellent golf/country club lifestyle.
The West side of Lake Norman is bordered by Lincoln and Catawba counties and is one of the faster growing areas of the Charlotte Metro. The improvement of Hwy 16 to a four lane interstate like road has provided easy access to the town of Denver and its West side lake communities. Lincoln County schools have an excellent reputation in the area providing another draw to the West side of Lake Norman.
A Brief History of the area:
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 Atwater Cocke. Lake Norman is sometimes referred to as the "inland sea" of North Carolina; it offers 520 miles (840 km) of shoreline and a surface area of more than 50 square miles (130 km2). Full pond at Lake Norman is 760 feet (230 m) above mean sea level. Interstate 77 and North Carolina Highway 150 cross Lake Norman at different points. Lake Norman ranks as the largest man-made lake in the state of North Carolina and was created in 1963. Lake Norman offers numerous attractions to explore. From Lake Norman, you may enjoy the ease of traveling anywhere in the state. It is just north of Charlotte, and the mountains and coast are only a short drive away.