Lake Norman - 4th of July Busy?

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by SCJeep, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. SCJeep

    SCJeep Member

    May 3, 2016
    Upstate, SC
    2016 21 SPX
    4.3 MPI, Alpha One
    My family is considering renting a lake home on lake Norman the week of 4th of July. I haven't been on Lake Norman in like 20 years. Will the lake be an absolute madhouse that week? We just enjoy cruising, pulling the kids on the tube/kneeboard, etc. The house we found is on the west side of the lake in the northern area. Any feedback from local boaters would be great. We would be trailering our 21 SPX to use at the lake.
  2. LKN

    LKN Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    Lake Norman, NC
    2002 240 Sundeck
    5.7L EFI Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    I think you would be fine. It will be busy (esp the night of the fireworks) but it shouldn't be too bad - especially if you are on the northern part of the lake. Generally the lake is less busy and (IMO) more pleasant north of the 150 bridge.

  3. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    On the south end we call north of the 150 bridge the Catawba River.
  4. Steve195

    Steve195 Member

    Jan 15, 2016
    Richmond, VA
    2017 Sweetwater 2286 WB Tri-toon
    Yamaha 150 Outboard
    I've never been to Norman, but ANY body of water that has boats and fireworks will sure to be crazy busy for a few HOURS before and after the fireworks. The rest of the holiday weekend will be busier than a normal weekend, but go rent the house and enjoy. I'm guessing you'll be a more experienced and a safer boater than many others out that weekend, so be careful and enjoy the comic relief holiday weekends bring!
  5. tdgard

    tdgard Member

    Jun 4, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    05-270 Sundeck
    496 w/Bravo III
    Not sure about Norman but on our lake (Allatoona) there are three large firework displays every year on separate days. Hopefully someone local can chime in so you can join/avoid all the festivities.
  6. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Like LKN said, it will be busy, probably the busiest weekend of the summer, but Lake Norman is so big, I wouldn't let that stop me from coming. With the actual holiday being on a weekday, it won't be as bad as when it is on a weekend. There are several big fireworks displays each year and on different nights, it will be an absolute zoo around those - I would go early and stay put until the may lay is over. The farther north you are on the lake, the less crowded.
  7. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions


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