FRIENDS OF LAKE NORMAN STATE PARK
NEW KIDS PROGRAM!
ecoExplore is a community science program that was developed by the North Carolina Arboretum to help families learn about local wildlife and nature.
LANO has installed its Hot Spot sign at the junction between the Alder Trail and the Dragonfly Trail. The program is targeted towards 5-13 year old kids. When they complete the science challenges, they can earn patches. Currently they can earn the Ichthyology (study of fish) patch for October, and the Mammalogy patch for Nov/Dec.
For more information, they can visit ecoexplore.net. We also have some bookmarks in the Visitor Center.
Contact Amy Shepherd for more info:
Office: 704-528-6350 ext.210
LATEST PARK INFO
Masks required in Visitors Center.
The visitor center is open from 9am to 5pm Monday thru Sunday. There are limited boat rentals available on the weekends. Rentals are $10 per hour.
The swim beach is open - no lifeguards, swim at your own risk. Bathhouse/concessions closed.
Hiking trails, boat ramp, and restroom facilities open. Bike trails open, weather permitting.
Indoor facilities open for reservations through the Visitor Center only - limited to 50 people per reservation/event. Shelters are limited to 50 -100 people per reservation/event.
Family campsites and group campsites open for reservations thru the reservations website or calling 1-877-722-6762. Reservations available on day of arrival up to 7:00 pm. Reservations for available on day of arrival up to 5:00 pm.
This association, created in April of 2018, is a nonprofit organization operating as a Chapter of the Friends of State Parks, Inc. incorporated under North Carolina state law with IRS 501(c)(3) status and tax ID 58-1634155.
The purpose of the association shall be to support Lake Norman State Park including park lands and trails; developing and promoting public awareness; providing support and resources for the maintenance of programs, facilities and recreation; advocating for ecological conservation and preservation; and addressing environmental issues. These purposes are exclusively nonprofit, charitable, and educational.
Membership is open to any individual, group, or corporation who supports the purposes of the association.
Lake Norman State Park is on the largest manmade lake in North Carolina.
A popular mountain biking network, offering 30.5 miles of single-track trail.
A 125-yard-long swim beach and bathhouse complex and boat ramp
Opportunities for fishing from spots along park trails.
Pedal boats, kayaks, paddle boards and canoes for rent for use on the Park Lake.
A family campground with 32-sites and a group campground are available during warm-weather months.
A community building with kitchen facilities, restrooms and fireplace that can be rented for family and group events year round.
Hiking trails, including a wheelchair accessible children's Dragonfly Trail, the .8 mile scenic Alder Trail, and 6.3 mile roundtrip Lake Shore Trail.
Three free picnicking areas are available. All have restrooms, tables and grills.
PICNIC SHELTERS (reservations suggested)
The Heron picnic shelter located behind the Visitor Center accommodates up to 96 people, and has a grill. Drinking water and restrooms are nearby. The shelter is handicap accessible. The shelter is available year-round.
The Wood Duck picnic shelter located behind and to the left of the Visitor Center accommodates up to 50 people, and has a grill. Drinking water and restrooms are nearby. The shelter is handicap accessible. The shelter is available year-round.
The Osprey and Kingfisher picnic shelters at the end of Shortleaf Lane near the swimming area each accommodate up to 96 people. Drinking water is nearby. The shelter is handicap accessible. The shelters are available year-round.
Join Friends of Lake Norman State Park (FLANO) to support the programs and amenities at this beautiful state treasure.
Volunteers can use their talents and abilities by assisting with hands-on projects within the park or by offering their expertise in other areas, such as fundraising, communication, education, marketing, or event planning.
Free interpretive programs are complemented by educational exhibits throughout the visitor center and along the child-friendly Dragonfly Trail.
Sample programs include nature hikes, canoe instruction, and plant and animal based sessions.
A special exploration of Lake Norman State Park can be arranged for your group or class by contacting the park office.
Educational materials about Lake Norman State Park for grades 4-6 (correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language art) introduces students to aquatic organisms, water quality, and resource management, demonstrating how watersheds should be managed to maintain healthy aquatic ecosystems and drinking water.
Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.