The History Of Lake Norman NC

Lake Norman first came about between 1960 and 1964 as a result of the construction of the Cowans Ford Dan. It is the largest human-made lake in the North Carolina area. The famous Catawba River feeds this lake and, it was named after the Duke Power president called normal Cocke. Duke Power was the firm behind the construction of the Ford Hydroelectric Station.

Duke power had been surveying Lake Catawba for many years trying to start a hydroelectric power plant, and the work began by damming the lake from the early parts of the century. Lake Norman was the last of the seven lakes created, and it was also the largest. Duke power started buying land in 1920 in the surrounding areas, and thirty years later, it had all it needed to set off the project.

Most of the land purchased is now underwater, and in 1963 when the lake started stretching, it covered farms, houses, and structures. It stretches for a staggering 520 miles with a surface area of about 32,000 acres. The lake is so vast, and that is why some people refer to it as an inland sea.

The initiation of the project that gave birth to this lake was motivated by the establishment of the world’s first hydroelectric plant was built at the Niagara Falls. One young engineer who was working on the Niagara project wondered and asked why the same could not be done on the Catawba River. The idea was substantiated when James Duke donated $50,000 to Dr. Wiley, and William Lee(the. young engineer) explained to him the idea of coming up with a power plant. This money was used to start the company which was first known as the Catawba Power Company before undergoing several name changes until it was called Duke Energy in 1997.

Over the years, Lake Norman has developed into a fantastic recreational place for people. Duke Energy and the state of North Carolina collaborated to create the Lake Norman State Park. This part contains two fishing areas on the bank and eight public boat access areas on the shore. These sites are leased to four counties as the lake stretches across four different counties. The lake is full of famous game fish such as catfish, bluegill and yellow perch among others. The lake is a location for one of the International Jet Sports Boats Association tour stops, and the annual events held there are fascinating.