The Catawba River and its manmade reservoirs — including Lake Norman and Lake Wylie — run down the west side of Charlotte and its surrounding suburbs, providing a nearby outdoor escape from urban sprawl.Unfortunately, if you’re not sure where to look, public access to the two big lakes can feel pretty limited due to private residences dominating the shoreline. Duke’s Catawba-Wateree recreation management plan approved in late 2017 includes 89 public projects that will improve existing recreational facilities or build new ones along the Catawba River and its reservoirs, including projects on Lake Norman and Lake Wylie.Try paddle board yoga – Aloha Flow Yoga kicks off its stand-up paddle board yoga classes for the 2019 season on May 5. Price: .99 adults, .99 seniors, .99 kids 5-12, .99 kids 2-4.
The reservoir supports the Lake Wylie Hydro Station, Allen Steam Station and Catawba Nuclear Station.
You can download Duke Energy’s official access map here. — – A 26-acre park and campsite a public swimming beach, which includes restrooms, concession stand, playground, boat ramps and picnic shelters. Address: 4490 Boatshore Road, Rock Hill SC 29732 Beach season: Memorial Day through Labor Day with lifeguard service from 11 a.m. Beach access price: $5/car York County residents; $8/car non-residents; season pass $30 York County residents, $35 non-residents; senior discounts available 60 .
It’s named after former Duke Power president Norman Cocke and supports the Mc Guire Nuclear Station, Cowans Ford Hydro Station and Marshall Steam Station.
Lake Norman totals 32,475 acres (520 miles of shoreline) and is almost as big as the other 10 Catawba River lakes combined.
Drive-ins are $5/car Monday-Thursday and $10/car Friday-Sunday.