The Catawba River has seen unusually large amounts of rain, up to three inches at a time over the past two weeks.

Due to the significant rainfall the area, Lake Norman has been as high as 99.8 feet in the last week. Full pond is 100 feet. Some of the other lakes in the Catawba/Wateree river basin have been above full pond, including nearby Mountain Island Lake, which was 2.4 feet above full pond on July 10.

Duke Energy expects the river and lakes to be stable over the next few days as the company continues to move water downstream to make room for the additional rain in the forecast. 

Despite excessive rainfall, most lakeside residents have been spared from any high-water effects.

The public can check real-time lake levels and special updates at or by calling Duke Energy’s lake information phone line at 800-829-5253.

Dams and spillways can be beautiful to look at, but the water immediately above and immediately beneath them is treacherous. Duke Energy reminds the public to heed warning signs posted near dangerous areas and avoid boating and swimming in these areas. Unusual swirling currents can pull boats and people toward the dam and under the water.

People should watch for increased currents, wear life jackets and stay alert to changing weather conditions.

In addition, high water can sweep heavy debris into the lakes and boaters should stay alert for partially submerged objects.

The Lake Norman Marine Commission also issued a warning for boaters to take extra precaution with regard to floating debris and boat wakes during this period of high water on Lake Norman.

The LNMC also reminds boaters that they are responsible for the wake created by their vessels and any damage that a wake may cause.

Boaters should take extra precaution with regard to boat wakes, especially during periods of high water, as they can cause significant damage to docks, piers, seawalls and moored water craft.