Lake Enforcement Unit


Lake Norman

Lake Norman was created for McGuire Power Plant to act as the cooling agent for the reactors. The lake started filling up in 1964. There are 570 miles of shoreline, 279 of which are in Iredell County, the most of any other county bordering the lake. There are approximately 45,000 registered boats on Lake Norman. 

Lake Norman has 6 law enforcement agencies working it’s waters:

  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Iredell County Sheriff’s Lake Patrol
  • Charlotte - Mecklenburg Police Lake Patrol
  • Catawba County Sheriff’s Lake Patrol
  • Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lake Patrol
  • Cornelius Police Department Lake Patrol


North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is the “primary” law enforcement on Lake Norman. It services all 4 counties and is the primary investigating agency for all boating accidents on the lake.

There is a mutual aid agreement between the counties, which means that we can assist other counties as needed, and we can enforce the law equally across county lines on the lake.

Iredell County Lake Enforcement

Iredell County has 2 full-time lake enforcement positions, but also utilize our Community Oriented Policing (COPS)  and School Resource Officers during the busy summer months. Sheriff, Campbell has also added to our enforcement capabilities, by adding three drones to our office.  We are able to deploy these tools to assist in drowning and boating accident investigations, as well as utilizing them to monitor lake boat traffic and conduct surveillance on boat access areas. 

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office has a 21-foot boat docked at Inland Sea Marina (south end of the lake) and a 21-foot boat docked near River City Marina at NC 150/River Highway (north end of the lake) as well as a marked Personal Watercraft. Some of the laws that we enforce include:

The Lake Patrol Officer attends the monthly meetings of the Lake Norman Marine Commission and presents a monthly report to the Board of Commissioners. You can follow the activities of the Lake Norman Marine Commission a their website.

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office Lake Patrol, offers a Lake Watch Class.  Also a Boater Safety Class, for anyone that may be interested.  
Contact Captain William Hamby at 704-878-3180 for class times and locations.