Just the facts about Lake Norman

Lake Norman water levels are down but only temporarily!


**For an update on our 2015 lake levels go to:  https://bestrealestatelakenorman.com/caution-lake-norman-water-levels-unusually-low-due-to-drought 

If you live on Lake Norman you can’t help but notice that the water levels have lowered fairly suddenly by about 2 feet which is VERY unusual.  Well, it turns out, according to an update on 9/11/12 on the Duke Energy website, that:

Duke Energy is operating Lake Norman at or below 96.5 feet to support temporary maintenance work at McGuire Nuclear Station through mid-October. This is lower than our target level for this time of year of 98 feet but is within the normal operating range.

Today Lake Norman’s water level is at 96′.  I have written in the past about how Duke manages Lake Norman’s water levels: Lake Norman Real Estate: Lake Levels, Rain and Drought.  Since Duke Energy controls the Lake Levels for all 12 lakes on their power grid we are not prone to erratic fluctuations which is great.  In the photo above you can see from the color of the gravel that normally they are under water.  When you see more exposed “red” dirt or sand most likely this is due to lower lake levels.

It is nice to know our lower Lake Norman water levels are only temporary!


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2 thoughts on “Lake Norman water levels are down but only temporarily!

  1. James smith says:

    Why in the world would Duke schedule lake lowering maintenance in the summer months? This is north Carolina, not Michigan. It’s still 85 degrees. I would have thought December through march is prime time for maintenance. Does anyone track water levels according to targets? Lake James, Hickory, Mountain Island and Wylie are consistently at or above targets, while Norman is not. This trend makes no sense and there needs to be an investigation around who controls the levels and where they live. (I.e. mountain island lake). Something smells fishy and it’s not the catfish rolling in the mud in mid-september in most coves on lake Norman.

  2. James, I think most of us on Lake Norman would agree with you! (I don’t think the location of the employees of Duke play a role). You will need to speak with someone at the Shoreline Management Department. Has anyone who reads this talked with anyone at Duke Energy about this?

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