In Charlotte, lake living is a state of mind. When the hustle and bustle of the city get too be a little too much, relax on the shores of one of Charlotte’s beautiful lakes – located only minutes away from Uptown. The lakes in the Charlotte area, while being beautiful relaxation havens, also serve functional purposes as well – providing Charlotte and its surrounding areas with hydro-electric power and clean drinking water.
Covering 520 miles of shoreline and spanning across four counties (Mecklenburg, Iredell, Lincoln and Catawba), Lake Norman offers numerous attractions and sights for visitors and residents to enjoy. At nearly 34 miles long and eight miles across at its widest point, Lake Norman has a surface area of more than 50 square miles – making it larger than the Sea of Galilee and lending to its nickname as “The Inland Sea”.
Charlotte workers who like to get away from the bustle of in-town life after a long day at work might want to consider the resort-like lifestyle found in the Lake Wylie area, which starts in the southwest corner of Mecklenburg County and extends across the South Carolina state line into York County and northward into Gaston County.
Mountain Island Lake
Often referred to as “North Carolina’s Hidden Treasure”, Mountain Island Lake is a small man-made lake located in northwest Mecklenburg county. Following the natural meander of the Catawba river, Mountain Island Lake wraps nearly completely around Latta Plantation Park and provides visitors with many stunningly beautiful areas for relaxing, fishing, and observing wildlife.