Lake Norman Norman is 520 miles of shoreline with a surface area of 32,475 acres. Full pond elevation at Lake Norman is 760 feet. Our Lake is gorgeous and charming and is ideal for fishing, boating, swimming and just getting a little rest and relaxation. You can fish all year round for catfish, shad, yellow perch, white bass, black crappie, largemouth bass and striped bass. Fish populations here are among the best in North Carolina.
- Queens Landing - (see below) (704) 663-2628
- Lake Norman State Park (Camping, Hiking, Swimming, Boat Launch) - (704) 528-6350
- McCrary Creek Access (Boat Launch) - (Access N.C. 150 from Pinnacle Access Area.)
- Pinnacle Access (Boat Launch)- (I-77 N to exit 36, then west on N.C. 150, four miles)
- Stumpy Creek Access (Boat Launch) - (2 miles west on highway 150 from the I-77 interchange. Right on Perth Church Road. 1.5 miles on left).
Queens Landing is located off of River Highway (Highway 150) just 4.5 miles west of Exit 36 off of I-77. With plenty of parking and boat slips, they are easily assessable by car or by boat.
For some family fun, grab the kids and have lunch at the lakeside deli. BJ Ducks boasts a floating refreshment bar and patio seating. It is a great place to stop for lunch or a snack while enjoying a day on the lake. While you are there, take time to play a couple rounds of miniature golf.
For those planning a romantic evening, book a dinner cruise on one of their two riverboats. These boats are also available for private parties and events. All the details can be tailored to your specific occasion. Also available are luncheon cruises and sightseeing cruises.
For more information on Queens Landing , take a look at their website or call (704) 663-2628.
North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame
If you enjoy racing, you will definitely want to make a visit to the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame and Visitors Center, everyone else does. Last year, the Hall of Fame welcomed over 160,000 race fans. 25,000 of those fans came during the May race.
Located in Lakeside Business Park, along with race shops and race-themed restaurants, the Hall of Fame is a race fans dream come true. Visitors can enjoy a museum, dedicated to all types of racing. View over 35 cars on display. Some of these cars include Rusty Wallace’s first Winston Cup ride, a 1980 Chevrolet Impala #16 and his last #2 Pontiac Grand Prix, Richard Petty’s Chevrolet Winston Cup Car, Davey Allison’s 1989 #28 Texaco Havoline Ford Thunderbird named “FIDO” and #9 Bill Elliott’s 1982 Ford Thunderbird in which he won his 1st Winston Cup race at Riverside, CA.
Not only will you see stock cars, but Indy, drag racing and rare muscle cars of the 60’s. Cars are rotated frequently so there is always something new to see such as Alan Kulwicki’s 1982 #7 Hooters Ford Thunderbird.
The Art Gallery features many of motorsport’s top artists such as Garry Hill, Sam Bass, Jeanne Barnes and others, of which you can purchase their prints. The Gift Shop is the official “RACE CITY, USA” merchandise headquarters.
You can re-live racing’s greatest moments in the Goodyear Mini-Theater or simply stroll by the many showcases and displays, but what ever you do, plan on being there a while. You will be amazed at all the Hall of Fame has to offer.
For more information on the Hall Of Fame , look up their web site or give them a call at 704-663-5331. Hours are Monday - Saturday (9am-5pm), Sunday (12:30pm- 4:30pm).
Lazy 5 Ranch
This 3.5-mile safari takes you through gently sloping pastures as you watch more than 400 animals from six continents in a natural habitat from your car or on one of their hayrides. This is a rare treat, with some rare animals. Make sure to bring your camera. For more information call (704) 663-5100.
Lake Norman State Park
Discover Lake Norman, the largest man-mad lake in the state and enjoy swimming, boating and camping. Fish populations here are among the best in North Carolina. Enjoy beautiful views of Lake Norman as you hike more than six miles of nature trails. For more information call (704) 528-6350.
Murray’s Mill Historic Site
One of the few agriculturally related North Carolina historic sites, the Murray’s Mill complex is nestled in the rolling hills along Balls Creek in rural Catawba County. This restored complex consists of a grist mill (first built in the 1880’s and later restored in 1913) powered by a huge overshot water wheel, an 1890’s country store, an 1880’s wheat house, and the miller’s residence, first built in 1913 and later restored in 1935. The mill is open March - December. For more information, all (828) 465-0383.
Mooresville is home to over 50 race teams. For a guide to these race teams, stop by the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, the Official Visitor Center for Mooresville, or call (704) 663-5331.