What do I need to do to operate a boat?
A Boater Safety and Education Course is required for all boat operators born after Jan 1st, 1988.
Do I need to wear a life-jacket?
Anyone under age 13, or riding a personal watercraft (PWC), or being towed must wear a life jacket. Wearing a life jacket as a simple safety precaution is a good idea, especially those who are inexperienced or unfamiliar with the lake.
Does Lake Norman have no-wake zones?
Lake Norman has a no-wake zone within 150 feet of any dock, bridge, marina, boat ramp, and within 100 feet of a law enforcement vessel that is displaying a flashing blue light. No wake speed is idle speed or a speed creating no appreciable wake.
Can I have alcohol on my boat or vessel?
North Carolina Prohibits operating a boat or vessel while impaired. Boating under the influence laws are strictly enforced and are the same as driving a motor vehicle. Beer and unfortified wine are allowed on any vessel, but mixed beverages, spirituous liquor, and fortified wine are only allowed on a vessel which can be considered a secondary residence.
How can I safely swim in the lake?
- Consider wearing a floatation device or using a swim buoy for open water swimming.
- Depths of Lake Norman vary; diving where you cannot see the bottom is discouraged.
Can I raft together with other boats?
Rafting of three (3) to ten (10) vessels shall be conducted at least 100 yards from the shoreline. Rafting of eleven (11) or more vessels shall be conducted at least 300 yards from the shoreline. (b) One (1) or two (2) vessels may be tied or anchored within 100 yards of the shoreline, but they must be at least fifty (50) yards from any other vessel or group of vessels tied or anchored together.
What should I know if I am driving a Personal Watercraft or Jetski?
- To operate a PWC, you must be 14 years of age and complete boating certification.
- PWCs can only operate during daylight hours, 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset.
- The operator and all passengers on a PWC must wear a personal flotation device.
- PWC rider max capacity includes any persons being towed by the PWC.
How can I optimize my wake for wake surfing?
- Find big, open bodies of water and stay at least 200 feet away from marinas, launch areas and docks.
- Minimize repetitive passes.
What else should I consider?
- Any day at the lake is a GREAT day, especially when everyone uses common courtesy and respect.
- Sound travels long distances across water, so keep music at a responsible level and at reasonable hours.
- To keep the lake clean, don’t litter, and remove any trash or debris you might find that does not belong in the lake.
- Everyone plays a role in keeping the lake safe and beautiful for residents, for visitors, and for our natural habitat. Please do your part so that we can all continue to Love Where You Lake!