No matter the time of year, North Carolina’s cultural hot spot, Lake Norman, is always open and receives excellent thoroughfare. Lake Norman experiences relatively mild temperature changes throughout the seasons, so no matter what Mother Nature throws at you, you can come and visit anytime!
Among the various things Lake Norman has to offer and is known for are its fantastic boating and fishing opportunities. The Lake provides 520 miles of shoreline and more than 50 square miles of surface area. That’s quite a lot of room to fish! The main species of fish that populate these waters are catfish, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, striped, large-mouth and white bass, and numerous turtles. Anglers of all stripes and distinctions from all around the world flock to Lake Norman, hoping to nab their following prize catch at one of the many fishing tournaments that are annually hosted at the lake and earn some more distinction (it should be essential to note that catch and release fishing techniques are greatly encouraged for the sustained habitation of the lake). It is widely agreed that early summer is the absolute best time for fishing on Lake Norman, and with warmer temperatures, more fish to catch, and sunny vistas, who could disagree?
Boating opportunities in the lake consist of the Lake Norman Yacht Club, The SAYRA (South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association) competitions. Many boats and Jet Ski rental shops are available all along the lake, though some require a boating class before rent, and all require that you wear a life jacket while on the water.
There are also chartered private and public tours across the water via boat, often looking for the fabled “Normie,” the legendary lake and Likely a fictional giant resident. Typically these tours involve education about environmental conservationism, the lake environment, and bits and bobs of old historical bric-a-brac.
Of course, the lake isn’t the only spot for fun, for the surrounding town is known for its bustling and colorful nightlife and all manner of rotating and seasonal festivals. You can tour the local brewing company (the curiously named Ass Clown Brewing) or visit the Afro-American Cultural Center, or perhaps your tastes are more exotic. If you feel a little more adventurous, then maybe you could try the haunting ghost walk of Davidson, a guided tour of local places of historical significance, some rumored to be haunted…
There is also, for you foodies out there, an open farmers market called Huntersville Market, where local farmers gather and sell their produce, so if you’re looking for good old fashion eating on your stay, you could do worse than check it out.