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Lake Norman Boating info

Lake Norman Boating Rules & Regulations

Lake Norman Boating Rules & Regulations

Boating on Lake Norman ranges from sail boats and power boats to personal watercraft and stand-up paddle boarding. It can become dangerous if you don’t know the lake or the local boating laws.

Whether you live on Lake Norman or are just visiting, Lake Norman offers a lot to do! Boating activities include wake boarding, water skiing, tubing, fishing and beaching your boat to enjoy a day swimming and splashing in the sun. You can also use the lake to paddle board, kayak, canoe or row. Whatever your boating pleasure Lake Norman has it!

There are many full service marinas and boat clubs nestled along Lake Norman’s shoreline. They offer everything from covered boat slips to long-term dry storage. There are also many lake access ramps maintained by state & local authorities. We also have waterfront parks, swimming on Lake Norman at Lake Norman State Park and a new beach and swimming area at Ramsey Creek park in Cornelius.

Required Equipment

For a safe day on Lake Norman, the following is the required equipment on all boats. Further detail by class of boat can be found on the North Carolina Wildlife Commission website https://www.ncwildlife.org/Boating/Laws-Safety

  1. Lights – Red to Port (left), Green to Starboard (right), 360 degree white all around light or 135 degree stern light and 225 degree masthead light. Sailboats under sail alone shall exhibit the combined lantern (red to port, green to starboard) and 135 degree stern light, but no 225 degree masthead light.
  2. Wearable PFD for each person on board (Type I, II, or III may be onboard or Type V if worn).
  3. Fire extinguisher sized appropriately for vessel.
  4. Whistle or sound producing device.

Lake Norman is regulated by the laws and statutes of North Carolina, the Lake Norman Marine Commission, NC Wildlife Resources Commission and by the counties that surround Lake Norman: Catawba County, Iredell County, Lincoln County & Mecklenburg County.

For more information visit Lake Norman Marine Commission website: https://lnmc.org/boating-laws/

Here is a list of websites with Lake Norman boating rules and regulations as well as departments & agencies in charge of keeping Lake Norman safe for boaters and other lake users.

Charlotte Cycleboats on Lake Norman

Charlotte Cycleboats on Lake Norman

Charlotte’s first pedal powered, BYOB, eco-friendly tour boat. A new experience on the water like no other. Come onboard the Cycleboat and enjoy a group-oriented tour on Lake Norman utilizing your own pedal power! Charlotte Cycleboats have 10 pedal stations with non-pedal seating accommodations for up to five additional passengers. You can go fast and hard or slow and easy – you decide! Book the whole boat for your private party up to 15 people, or opt to book individual seats on a Mixer, Craft Beer or Singles Cruise. We always provide the fun, knowledgeable and experienced captain.

These are custom made, Coast Guard certified, eco-friendly boats with a high-top galley bar that is lined with 5 pedal stations on each side to fit 10 people and it also has a 5 Person bench seat without pedals for rest or relaxation. The total number of passengers is 15. The catamaran is powered by pedaling and there is an electric motor for backups and emergencies. In addition, the motor is regenerated by the solar panels on the canopy roof, making it eco-friendly.

All cruises are two hours and depart from our private docks at Waterstreet Seaport in Cornelius, less than one mile from Birkdale village.

There are 2 ways to book the Cycleboat, book the whole boat for your Private party up to 15 people, or opt to book individual seats on any ‘Open’ cruise.

We always provide fun, knowledgeable and experienced captains.
Guests only need to bring their beer or wine, snacks & shades.
(No Liquor is allowed- Liquor on board will end the Cruise)

The Cycleboat Tours are a Great Venue for Special Events such as:
Birthday Parties
Bachelorette Parties – Bachelor Parties
Company Events
Individual Tickets by Reservation – Party Mixers
Corporate Team Building
Anniversaries/Family Reunions
Spin and Cycling Groups
Tourist and Family Friendly Tours
Unique Cruises to be Announced

Come enjoy this eco-friendly and FUN adventure, and get a little exercise as a bonus!

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For Private and Party Cruises
Up to 15 People – $525.00
Individual Tickets for Open Cruises $37
Visit Charlotte Cycleboats Website

Blythe Landing Access Area

Blythe Landing Access Area

Lake Norman public boat launch at Blythe Landing County Park. Park features boat ramp, small boat/canoe access, parking, food, restroooms, picnic area, public fishing area and sand volleyball courts.

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I-77 exit 25 – Go west – Park is on the right before you reach McGuire Nuclear Plant.

N 35 26.146  |  W 80 54.445

Phone: (704) 336-7600