Summer is imminent. Here are the beaches, boat ramps and lakeside restaurants on Lake Norman and Lake Wylie

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Map of Lake Norman and Lake Wylie public access points: Fishing, boating, swimming, lakeside restaurants

Red markers indicate boat ramps and/or fishing access (click for specifics). Blue markers indicate swimming access (click to see if boating and/or fishing access also applies in these locations). Yellow markers indicate lakeside restaurants and/or bars.

Lake Norman

Lake Norman is the largest manmade body of fresh water in North Carolina, created in 1963 with the Cowans Ford Dam on the Catawba River. It’s named after former Duke Power president Norman Cocke and supports the McGuire Nuclear Station, Cowans Ford Hydro Station and Marshall Steam Station. Lake Norman totals 32,475 acres (520 miles of shoreline) and is almost as big as the other 10 Catawba River lakes combined. Duke still manages or leases the lake’s access points today. You can download Duke’s official access map here.

Boating and/or Fishing Access

Long Island Access Area – 8628 Long Island Road, Catawba NC 28609. Boat ramp, parking.

Stumpy Creek Access Area – Stumpy Creek Road, Davidson NC 28117. Boat ramp, parking.

McCrary Creek Access Area – River Highway, Mooresville NC 28117. Boat ramp, parking.

Pinnacle Access Area – River Highway, Mooresville NC 28117. Boat ramp, parking.

Marshall Fishing Area – near Marshall Steam Station, Sherrills Ford NC 28673. Fishing access, parking.

Hager Creek Access Area – Mooresville NC 28117. I-77 north to exit 33. Go left on Williamson Road, left on Brawley School Road, right on McKendree Road. Boat ramp, parking.

Little Creek Access Area – Trails End Road, Catawba Springs NC 28037. Boat ramp, parking.

Beatties Ford Access Area – Shipley Lane at Unity Road Church, Denver NC 28037. Boat ramp, parking.

Jetton Road County Park – 1900 Jetton Road, Cornelius NC 28031. Fishing access, hiking, parking.

Ramsey Creek Access – 18441 Nantz Road in Cornelius NC 28031. Boat ramp, fishing access, hiking, parking. NOTE: Swimming coming Summer 2016. A half-acre sandy beach is currently being developed.

McGuire Fishing Area – near McGuire Nuclear Station at 12700 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville NC 28078. Fishing access, parking.

Blythe Landing – off NC 73 Highway, Huntersville NC 28078. Map to nearby Lake Norman Community Sailing at 15901 NC 73 Hwy. Boat ramp, fishing access, parking.

Swimming Access

Lake Norman State Park – 759 State Park Road, Troutman NC 28166. Swimming, boat ramp, camping, parking.

COMING SOON: Ramsey Creek Park – 18441 Nantz Road in Cornelius NC 28031. A half-acre sandy beach is currently being developed and is expected to open to the public for Summer 2016.

Lake Norman State Park (photo via Best of Lake Norman)

Lake Norman State Park (photo via Best of Lake Norman)

Lakeside Restaurants

River City Bar & Grill – 155 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville NC 28117

Blue Parrot Grill – 169 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville NC 28117

Rusty Rudder – 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius NC 28031

Prickly Pear – 637 Williamson Drive, Mooresville NC 28117

Eddie’s Seafood & Raw Bar – 643 Williamson Road, Mooresville NC 28117

North Harbor Club – 100 N. Harbor Place, Davidson NC 28036

Lake Norman Cottage – 200 N. Harbor Place, Davidson NC 28036

Queen’s Landing – 1459 River Highway, Mooresville NC 28117. Dinner cruises and Jack’s Dockside Grill & Patio.

The Rusty Rudder (photo via Facebook)

The Rusty Rudder (photo via Facebook)

Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie was originally built in 1904 when the Catawba Power Company built the Catawba Dam and power plant. The man-made lake was later expanded to 13,443 acres (325 miles of shoreline) in 1924 and the company merged with Duke Power Company in 1927. Duke still manages or leases the lake’s access points today. The reservoir supports the Lake Wylie Hydro Station, Allen Steam Station and Catawba Nuclear Station. You can download Duke Energy’s official access map here.

Boating and/or Fishing Access

Allen Fishing Access Area – The Hot Hole Road. Fishing access, parking.

South Point Access Area – Boat Launch Road. Boat ramp, parking.

Copperhead Island Boat Launch – 15200 Solider Road. Boat ramp, fishing access, camping, parking.

McDowell Nature Preserve – 15222 York Road. Fishing access, camping, parking.

Buster Boyd Access Area – next to T Bones at 3990 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie SC 29710. Boat ramp, parking.

Allison Creek Access – Viesta Road. Boat ramp, fishing access, parking.

Nivens Creek Landing – Nivens Landing Drive. Boat ramp, parking.

Catawba River Access Fort Mill Dam – Boat ramp, parking.

Swimming Access

Ebenezer Park – 4490 Boatshore Road, Rock Hill SC 29732. Swimming, boat ramp, camping, parking.

Ebenezer Park (photo via Facebook)

Ebenezer Park (photo via Facebook)

Lakeside Restaurants

T-Bones on the Lake – 3390 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie SC 29710. 38 boat slips if you’re coming from the water.

T-Bones on the Lake (photo via Facebook)

T-Bones on the Lake (photo via Facebook)

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