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Boating On Lake Norman Has Left Us With Years Of Memories

Mar 25, 2008
If you have never been to Lake Norman in NC, you need to check this area out!

This mammoth man-made lake defines the whole region north of Charlotte, and it is impossible not to be affected by the lake in some way. During the summer months, many people use the lake everyday and the lifestyle is more fun than you can imagine.

My family and I are fortunate to live in a lakefront community that provides a marina for keeping our boat in the water. With a wife and three teen-agers that love the water, our boat and jet ski get a tremendous amount of use! It is not unusual for the kids and their friends to spend a large part of the day during the summer on the boat or jet-ski. I know it's something they will always look back on and remember their childhood memories of growing up on the lake.

The "fun factor" that Lake Norman provides is second to none. Whether you want to go out to dinner at a wide range of restaurants, play putt-putt at a family entertainment center, or just hang out on a summer's day on the boat, Lake Norman spells FUN! Spending an afternoon with friends, with everyone enjoying the water sports has helped us create some friendships that will last a lifetime.

Because Lake Norman is primarily a residential lake, there are numerous activities going on all the time. We personally have many friends who live on the water and have parties. If you have never had the chance to go to parties by boat (especially in the summer), you are missing out! There are also a lot of regional events such as the "world's largest raft-up", the "white trash party" and other annual events that can attract hundreds of boat loads of people looking for fun.

Lake Norman is large enough that you can get various conditions depending on what part of the lake you are on. The south side of the lake is more crowded because of the growth in the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius and Denver. Once you get north of the 150 bridge, you can start finding some very quiet coves that offer great scenery and great serenity.

Since the lake is 33 miles long, there are plenty of places to hide. Lake Norman has an abundance of coves, and while you will not get total seclusion, there are plenty of places to pull up, drop the anchor and sit a spell (as we like to say in the south!).

The week-ends are crowded on the lake, and sometimes we do not even bother going out on the week-end. If you can squeeze a few hours in during the week, the lake is typically very uncrowded. That's the best time to be on the lake.

My kids have grown up on the lake. When we first moved to the lake, the kids were smaller and we started them off with tubing. We had many laughs watching the kids as they hung on for dear life on the tube. We then moved to beginner skis, and then to regular skis, to slalom skis, and finally to wakeboards. Now that they are older, they go out with their friends for a day of watersports (usually returning the boat empty of gas naturally!).

I have told my wife many times, that boating with the family is the best quality family time we ever spent with the kids. The quiet time away from phones and chores around the house, combined with the laughter of good times on the boat, has provided many great family memories that we will cherish forever.

Come on down to NC and visit Lake Norman. You will fall in love with the area and have a little fun along the way.
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The author grew up playing on Lake Norman when it was undeveloped, and now lives with his family in the Lake Norman areas. Please visit: Online Boat TraderAlso, please visit our other websites: The Antiques Outlet Designer Handbags Online
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