*** Notice to Boaters *** Aids to Navigation Report ***

Notice to Boaters: The following Aids to navigation (ATONS) are in need of repair, non-functioning, missing or not in their proper location.  Upgrade list shows markers that are functional but need upgrading in the future.

Needs Repair:

  • Main Channel Marker 11 – light is out
  • Bridge Buoy, Williamson Rd. North side – missing.
  • Bridge Buoys, Slanting Bridge Rd. East side, – 1 damaged, 1 out of position.
  • Bridge Buoy, Hwy 150 Bridge at Mountain Creek Marina, North side buoy is out of position
  • Shoal buoy near island south of L-1 is out of position and on the shore of the island.

Upgrades Needed:

  • Signs faded on Markers:  1A, 5, 8, 15A, 17, 17A, 17B, 18B, 19, 23, 24, D-1, MC-1, MC-2, B-2, H-4, R-3
  • New Poles for Markers:  17A, 15A, and Shoal Marker north of Main Channel Marker 1.
  • Channel Marker 3 – light is flashing very slowly

Report problems with Aids to Navigation (ATON) to lnmc@lnmc.org

Please report any problems with Aids to Navigation (ATON) to lnmc@lnmc.org. When reporting a problem, please provide as much information as possible, i.e. sign number/letter(s), location with GPS coordinates (if possible). Also, please include contact information (name, email address, telephone number) in case the Lake Norman Marine Commission needs additional information.

ATONs are the channel markers, shoal markers, no wake buoys, and informational buoys.

Problems with ATONs include: marker is missing, lights not working, signs missing or faded, poles leaning, buoys out of position, buoy damaged and/or not floating properly.

The next meeting is February 12, 2018, 7:00 pm at the Charles Mack Citizens Center, Mooresville

Reports of algae and seaweed on the rise; however, upon investigation the algae/seaweed is not harmful or invasive

Reports of algae and seaweed to the Lake Norman Marine Commission (LNMC) and Duke Energy have risen in that few weeks. The LNMC has forwarded these reports to the North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources (NC DENR) and to Duke Energy. NC DENR reports from its investigation that the algae/seaweed is not harmful, is a natural occurrance in the ecosystem and will die out when the lake temeratures drop in the fall. Duke Energy reports that while some individuals thought the seaweed was hydrilla (an invasive aquatic weed) in actuality it was chara, not an invasive weed and not harmful. Attached is a factsheet from Duke Energy about chara and a weed information sheet from NC DENR.

LNMC – Chara Factsheet from Duke Energy



2017 Listing of Boating Safely classes, navigation classes & free vessel safety inspections

LNMC – 2017 Boating Safety classes, navigation & vessel inspections offered in the Lake Norman area

Updated August 14, 2017: I-77 widening over Reeds Creek

January 17, 2017

Per a statement received from Sugarcreek Construction:

In the coming weeks, initial preparatory work will begin in order to facilitate the bridge widening works over Reeds Creek on I-77. This email serves as notification to Duke Energy and LNMC of commencement of the work on the bridge. Signage will soon be placed near the bridge, with safety and environmental devices to follow.

March 22, 2017

Per a statement received from Sugarcreek Construction:

We are beginning works on the Reeds Creek Bridge that will require intermittent, short-duration closures of the channel during certain activities to ensure the safety of boaters. These closures are anticipated to primarily be intermittent and very short in duration (~1hr or so). Channel closure signs will be deployed during these times and channel access will be closed, and then opened back up as soon as the operation is stable and public can safely pass. The subcontractor performing the bridge construction has advised that boat traffic has been extremely minimal in the last few weeks. We believe this maximizes public access by implementing multiple short closures (rather than more lengthy ones), while allowing construction activities to proceed. This email serves as notification to Duke Energy and LNMC of the subject channel closures moving forward. Longer duration closures will be necessary during future activities, and we will keep you informed as those approach.

August 14, 2017

Per a statement received from Sugarcreek Construction:

We will soon begin setting the girders at the Lake Norman / I-77 Bridge. A full channel closure will be implemented during this work for public and boater safety in accordance with the Navigational Safety Plan. This closure is currently anticipated to occur on Monday, August 28 and Tuesday, August 29. We will keep you informed of any schedule adjustments as this work approaches. Once the work is complete, we will return to the current short-duration closures on an as-needed basis.

Contact list from the Catawba Riverkeepers for reporting problems on Lake Norman


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On Lake Norman: Marine commission revises rules for charter boats


Grass eating fish help keep lake’s weeds in check