LAKE NORMAN QUICK FACTS

  • Year Built: 1959-1963
  • Area: 32,510 acres at full pond
  • Length: 33.6 miles
  • Width: 9 miles
  • Shore line length: 520 miles
  • Maximum Depth: 110 feet
  • Average Depth: 33.5 feet
  • Maximum Draw-down: 15 feet
  • Capacity: 3.4 trillion gallons of water
  • Volume: 1,093,600 acre-feet
  • Elevation at full pond: 760 feet above MSL
  • Retention Time: 207 days (average)
  • Drainage Area: 1,790 square miles
  • Average River Flow at Cowans Ford Dam: 1,726 MGD
  • Named for: Norman Atwater Cocke (former president of Duke Power)
  • Source of the Catawba River: Evans Knob in Gower County
  • Lake level: Call 1-800-829-5253
  • Location: Latitude: 35.5177689 Longitude: -80.9557724

         Cowans Ford Dam

  • Total length: 7,387 feet (1,279 feet is concrete, 6,108 feet is earthen)
  • Maximum height: 130 feet
  • Number of generators: 4
  • Generating capacity: 350,000 kilowatts
  • Note: Site of crucial 1781 revolutionary war battle between British General Cornwallis and American General Davidson and it forms Lake Norman.

          McGuire Nuclear Station

  • Generation Units: 2
  • Energy source: Uranium Dioxide (UO2)
  • Generating capacity: 2258 megawatts (20% of Duke’s total)
  • Construction: 1971 – 1981
  • Cost: $2 Billion
  • Named for: William Bulgin McGuire, president of Duke Power from 1959 to 1971.
  • Location: Huntersville, NC
  • 17 miles northwest of Charlotte
  • At Hwy. 73 and the Catawba River
  • 700 acre site

          Marshall Steam Station

  • Generation units: 4
  • Energy Source: Coal (18,000 tons per day at full power)
  • Generating capacity: 2,090 megawatts (14% of Duke’s total)
  • Commercial Operation: 1965
  • Named for: E.C. Marshall, president of Duke Power from 1949 to 1953.
  • Location: Denver, NC
  • 2 miles west of the Catawba River on Hwy 150
  • Note: Marshall is the second largest coal-burning station in the Duke system. The four-unit station has consistently ranked as one of the most efficient coal plants in the nation.