The Two RV Gypsies: Full-Time RVers
at Lake Norman State Park
759 State Park Road
Troutman, NC 28166
May 19, 2019

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Lake Norman State Park, formerly Duke Power State Park, is a 1,934-acre North Carolina state park near Troutman, Iredell County, North Carolina in the United States. The park is on the northern shore of Lake Norman at the mouth of Hicks Creek. The park is open for year-round recreation including, boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming and camping. Lake Norman State Park is on Inland Sea Road in Troutman just off U.S. Route 70 between Interstates 40 and 77.

Lake Norman State Park Sign trail and tree stubs
Lee Duquette and Dutch the bong tree

Lake Norman, created between 1959 and 1964 as part of the construction of the Cowans Ford Dam by Duke Power, is the largest man-made body of fresh water in North Carolina. It is fed by the Catawba River. It was named after former Duke Power president Norman Cocke. Lake Norman is sometimes referred to as the "inland sea"; it offers 520 miles of shoreline and a surface area of more than 50 square miles.

Lake Norman is a warm water fishery. The common game fish are yellow perch, crappie, bluegill, and striped, largemouth and white bass. Access to Lake Norman is available at the boat ramp within Lake Norman State Park. Use of the docks is free. All visitors to the park are expected to follow the rules and regulations of the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission. Rowboat and canoe rentals are available at the marina. A 125 yard long beach is open for swimming, daily, April 1 - October 31, 10:00 a.m. until 6:00pm. On this date, a five dollar fee for adults and four dollar fee for children was charged for swimmers IF a lifeguard is present. (price subject to change through the years).

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Lee Duquette and Dutch on a bridge
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Below: A tree hugging another tree

Lee Duquette and Dutch

A tree hugging another tree Lee Duquette and Dutch

Below; Lee Duquette tried to get Dutch to take a swim in Lake Norman to cool down, but Dutch refused. There were two other big dogs nearby in the lake, but that did not influence Dutch to join them. He is a very laid-back dog.

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down trees in Lake Norman
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Below: Lee Duquette thought this tree looked like a camel

camel tree Lee Duquette and the camel tree
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Below: The one duck kept dunking its head in the water, and shaking his head like crazy. Karen Duquette loved the way the water sprayed all around the duck's head.

ducks at Lake Norman
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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesJump ahead to July 21, 2019, because the two RV Gypsies returned to a different portion of the very large Lake Norman to rent a pontoon and enjoy a day in the sun.