Happy 50th Lake Norman
By Sam Boykin | Photography by Brian Tye
Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
It literally started with a bang. After a groundbreaking ceremony the day before, Duke Energy detonated the first blast along the Catawba River in Huntersville to start construction on Cowans Ford Dam on Sept. 29, 1959. Four years later, in late September 1963, the dam was completed and Lake Norman, the states largest manmade body of fresh water, was created.
The changes Lake Norman has brought to the area are nothing short of amazing. Over the past half-century, Lake Norman has gone from a sparsely populated area with little in the way of infrastructure or amenities to one of the regions most prominent destinations, with some 130,000 residents.
With its booming business climate, wonderful schools, lively cultural and retail centers, gourmet restaurants, luxury waterfront communities, and scenic parks, theres no wonder the area is so popular. And we havent even mentioned the lakea 32,510-acre playground for boating, swimming, and fishing that also provides some of the most beautiful views around.
To help celebrate Lake Normans 50th anniversary, weve put together a special feature that illustrates the areas dramatic growth and changes over the years and why its such a thriving, wonderful resource. As the original publication about the Inland Sea, were proud and honored to help commemorate this milestone with our readers. Heres to another fifty years for our favorite lake!
For our complete 50th Anniversary package, please see our Features section.