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2019 Listing of Boating Safely classes & free vessel safety inspections

LNMC – 2019 Boating Safety classes & vessel inspections offered in the Lake Norman area

Catawaba County Sheriff’s Lake Patrol, Lake Norman Power Squadron, Coast Guard Auxiliary and NC Wildlife Commission offer safe boating classes that satisfies the Boater Education requirement for anyone operating a motor vessel on waters of NC that were born after Jan 1, 1988.

Please see the link for a complete list of these classes for 2019.  We encourage everyone to take this course that operating a motor vessel on Lake Norman.



*** 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:

  • Light is out on marker M1
  • Replace South Williamson Rd Bridge Buoy
  • Replace both Perth Rd. Bridge Buoys
  • Replace missing Slanting Bridge Railroad buoy

Upgrades Needed:

  • Following Markers are degraded or faded:
    • Markers T2, T3, T4, D4, M4, B3, Main Channel Markers 1, 15, 20, 21, 22

The next meeting of the LNMC is scheduled for Nov. 18th, 2019 7:00 pm, Charles Mack Citizens Center

The next monthly meeting of the LNMC is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 18th, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Charles Mack Citizens Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville, NC.  NOTE:  This is the third Monday in November.  The regular meeting date is Veterans Day and the Charles Mack Center is closed.

Hydrilla on Lake Norman, news article & information

Lake Norman Marine Commission Announces Additional Stocking of Sterile Grass Carp

Lake Norman, NC (April, 2019) – The Lake Norman Marine Commission (LNMC) is announcing completion of  the stocking of sterile grass carp to control the growth of hydrilla on Lake Norman.  Sterile grass carp were released from Blythe Landing (6,000), Ramsey Creek Park (5,765)  and Beatty’s Ford Landing (565).  Total of 12,330 grass carp were released in April to control hydrilla.

Hydrilla is an aggressive invasive non-native aquatic weed that left unchecked can negatively impact a lake or reservoir in just a few years.  Dense stands of the plant can lower dissolved oxygen in the water, interfere with boating, swimming, power generation, water intakes, cause extensive sedimentation and lower surrounding property values.  Approximately 8,000 acres of hydrilla habitat is available on Lake Norman based on the 20 ft. contour of the lake.  A recent comprehensive survey performed by NC State found active hydrilla growth in 640 acres on Lake Norman, primarily in the Ramsey Creek area.

The stocking of sterile grass carp on Lake Norman is a cooperative effort with the NC Department of Environmental Quality (NC Aquatic Weed Program), NC Wildlife Resource Commission, Duke Energy, Charlotte Water and the Lake Norman Marine Commission supporting this program.  Sterile grass carp have been used successfully in Lake Norman and many other NC reservoirs to control hydrilla.  This  stocking of 12,330 grass carp will complement the previous stocking of 10,200 grass carp in May of 2018.  These stockings will provide adequate concentration of fish to eliminate the current outbreak of 640 acres and to also prevent the hydrilla from spreading to other areas of the lake. Each year a survey will be conducted in the fall to determine the extent of hydrilla infestation and to help determine future stocking plans.  It is anticipated that the current 640 acres of active hydrilla growth will be largely eliminated in the next 2-3 years.

We  will give regular updates at scheduled public meetings each month on the status of the hydrilla infestation.  The LNMC meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Charles Mack Center in Mooresville.  The public is welcome to attend these meetings to hear updates or provide any comments during the public comment period scheduled during each meeting.





LNMC – Hydrilla management at Lake Norman

News article about hydrilla on Lake Norman, February 14, 2018 (click link below):



Pamphlet about hydrilla (click on page to enlarge):


























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.

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 last  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 grow while the water temperature stays at summer levels.  Attached is a factsheet from Duke Energy about Chara and Nitella algae.

LNMC – Chara Factsheet from Duke Energy



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


Keeping up with navigation aids isn’t easy