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Lake Cornelius with Joe Marusak

Segment 3, August 26th, 2023

There are many places in the Carolinas that are hidden in plain sight.  One of which was recently written about by our friend, Joe Marusak, from the Charlotte Observer.  He’s been working at the Charlotte Observer for over thirty years and covers a ton of stories.

We’re going to learn a little about one of North Carolina’s smaller lakes that hugs up next to NC’s largest manmade lake, Lake Norman.  Joe recently wrote about Lake Davidson & the query of it being a part of Lake Norman.  That story led to an invite to meet Lake Cornelius & this August 22 article.

During this chat with host Bill Bartee from the local Charlotte outdoor store, Jesse Brown’s, Marusak gives us his first hand experience of adventuring one recent Sunday on Lake Cornelius.

He also let’s us know that all the lakes were formed by Duke Energy when they created the 32,475 acre, Lake Norman. For this reason & the management of the Lake under federal license, both Cornelius & Davidson are considered part of Lake Norman by Duke.

Marusak let’s the listeners of the Carolina Outdoors know about the wildlife, the quietness, & the community of people that seek escape on Lake Cornelius.  Also, that Lake Cornelius is accessed at a YMCA that is located in Davidson, NC.  Just to keep all visitors on their toes.

Oh yes!  Lake Cornelius’s 125-acres is a lot cooler if you’re escaping the heat.  Joe described the shade & breeze that made his Sunday paddle trip pleasant.

This segment of the Carolina Outdoors was powered by the Sonic Fly Rod available in Charlotte at Jesse Brown’s.



Boat Safety with Mike McDonald, Surf and Sport Lake Norman

Segment 3, July 22, 2023

All aboard this train called the Carolina Outdoors. One of the most happening places in the Carolinas this summer is Lake Norman.  Sitting just north of Charlotte this lake, fed by the Catawba River, is the largest manmade lake in the Carolinas.

Mike McDonald from Surf & Sport Lake Norman joins the program during these busy summer months to find out about boat safety.

McDonald states that lake traffic is much busier on Saturdays and Sundays but early weekdays are a great time to enjoy the lake with less traffic.

He breaks down what qualifies for boat safety?  If born after January 1, 1988 a boater safety course is required according to NC state law.
Also, remember to have PFD for the number of people that are on a boat, a cushion floatation, & fire-extinguishers.
Allow 100 yards space between other vessels, structures, or shallow water when operating a boat.

Check out the pontoons, tritoons, and wake surf boats that are available from SurfandSportLakeNorman.

Special thanks to Mike McDonald for joining the Carolina Outdoors, powered by Jesse Brown’s, & sharing boat safety requirements, recommendations, & lake wisdom for a safe fun summer on the lake.