The Lake Norman Monster
Lake Norman was created by Duke Power in 1963 as part of the construction of the Cowans Ford Dam. It is the largest man made lake in North Carolina and offers 520 miles of shoreline along with a surface area of more than 32,500 acres. Lake Norman powers the hydroelectric station at Cowans Ford and is used by Marshall Steam Station and McGuire Nuclear Station to cool the steam that drives their turbines. The lake also supplies water to Lincoln County, Mooresville, Charlotte, Davidson and Hunterville. Duke Power partnered with the State of North Carolina to establish Lake Norman State Park; they have also built two bank fishing areas and eight public boating access areas along the shoreline. Popular game fish in Lake Norman include crappie, bluegill, and yellow perch, as well as striped, largemouth and white bass. Lake Norman is also reported to be home to a large unknown creature the locals have dubbed Normie. Descriptions of Normie vary from sighting to sighting and range from a crocodilian like creature to the more classic three humped serpent, though most that have seen the Lake Norman Monster seem to agree that the beast is more fish like, with a slender body, thick whisker like appendages, flippers and a ragged looking dorsal fin. Legendary Lake Monster investigator, and founder of the Global Underwater Search Team, GUST, Jan Ove Sunberg, has even expressed interest in the Lake Norman Monster.