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Why are Lake Norman’s water levels so low in February?

Lake Norman waterfront shoreline in  February

Isn’t it reassuring to know that Duke Energy, who controls Lake Norman’s water levels, has a well designed plan which is monitored daily?  I took this photo today while showing waterfront properties because you can clearly see the different colors of the shoreline riprap which mark the high, medium and lowest lake levels.  The orangish layer closest to the water is under water most of the year. Looking at this, newcomers might think that the lake is abnormally low right now which is true.  However, if all goes as planned February should have the lowest water levels of the year according to Duke Energy.  In fact, today, at 95.7, we are actually a foot above our “target” of 94.5.  The winter draw down of water levels helps us prepare for the spring runoff from the melting snow in the mountains.

Lake Norman dock ramps are steeper in February

Also taken today, you can see above that the ramp down to the floating dock has quite a downward angle.  When the lake is at 100′ or “full pond” the floating dock ramps are usually flat!  Imagine the boatslip above about 4′ higher.  The lake would cover the red shoreline and almost reach the pier.

Lake Norman waterfront dock at full pond

Now, here is a photo I took from a dock at “full pond”.  The water is totally level with the pier.   The water that you see on the wooden walkway is actually the lake coming through!

Interesting in monitoring Lake Norman’s lake levels?  They are updated daily on Duke Energy’s Website.

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