Report problems with Aids to Navigation (ATON) to

Please report any problems with Aids to Navigation (ATON) to 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.

Next Lake Norman Marine Commission meeting is August 14, 2017; 7:00pm; Charles Mack Citizens Ctr.

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

I-77 widening over Reeds Creek to begin

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.

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

Keeping up with navigation aids isn’t easy



On Lake Norman: Marine commission revises rules for charter boats

Grass eating fish help keep lake’s weeds in check


Co-operative agreement with LNMC and boat rental companies