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Lake Norman is a Reservoir in Lincoln, North Carolina.

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Lake Norman, created between 1959 and 1964 as part of the construction of the Cowans Ford Dam by Duke Energy, is the largest manmade body of fresh water located entirely within North Carolina. It is fed by the Catawba River. It was named after former Duke Power president Norman Cocke. Lake Norman is sometimes referred to as the "inland sea"; it offers 520 miles of shoreline and a surface area of more than 50 square miles. Full pond elevation at Lake Norman is 760 feet. Interstate 77, North Carolina Highway 16 and North Carolina Highway 150 cross Lake Norman at different points.

Lake Norman provides electricity to the Piedmont region of the Carolinas. It powers the generators at the hydroelectric station at Cowans Ford and is used by Marshall Steam Station and McGuire Nuclear Station to cool the steam that drives their turbines. The lake supplies water to Lincoln County, Mooresville, Charlotte, and other towns in Mecklenburg County, particularly Davidson and Huntersville.

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Popular game fish in Lake Norman include catfish, crappie, bluegill and yellow perch, as well as striped, largemouth, and white bass. Lake Norman is also home to "Normie" the Lake Norman Monster, with many reported sightings.

Lake Norman
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North Carolina
United States
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