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:

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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 C.O.P’s and School Resource Officers during the busy summer months.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office has a 21-foot boat docked at Inland Sea Marina (south end of the lake) and a 25-foot boat docked at Lancaster’s on Perth Road (north end of the lake). 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.