Lake Norman is celebrating a major milestone this summer. 50 years ago the 4-year flooding of the countryside of the Catawba River was completed and Lake Norman became a reality!
This Saturday, June 22nd, a celebration of Lake Norman’s 50th anniversary is being held at Queens Landing beginning at 2pm. This free, family friendly event will feature games and live music by the Gospelaires, Sunny Skyyz and the Rainmakers and the Red Dirt Revelators. There will also be educational booths set up by the Lake Norman groups who worked to present this celebration including Duke Energy, The Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, Save Our Lake Organization and the Catawba Riverkeeper.
Lake Norman truly was and is an impressive feat. Construction of Lake Norman, now the largest man-made lake in the Carolinas, began with a dynamite blast on September 28, 1959. Once the dam completed in March of 1962, the waters of the Catawba River began backing up and flooding towns, farms, woods, bridges until it reached the 760-foot sea level line which we now refer to as “full pond”.
A few interesting facts:
- 33.6 Miles long and 9 miles wide at its broadest point
- 520 Miles of shoreline
- 3.4 trillion gallons of water
- 110 feet deep at its deepest point
- Named for Norman Atwater Cocke, a former president of Duke Power
- Cowans Ford Dam hydroelectric station provides power for hundreds of thousands
- The McGuire Nuclear Station, built in 1981, provides electricity for millions
Want to learn more?
What lies beneath is an effort by Davidson College archivists to gather stories and images of places that disappeared under the water during the flooding of Lake Norman: View their amazing finds and developing progress. I have always found it fascinating to think about what was once underneath me as we enjoy boating on the lake. The information they are gathering is truly amazing!
Those of us who are transplants pretty much take for granted how wonderful life is here. I certainly appreciate all of the organizations involved in keeping our beloved Lake Norman as clean and beautiful as it is and hope we will all show up on Saturday to support them as well!
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