Mountain Island Lake, one of Charlotte’s area lake communities, was created in 1924 with the building of the Mountain Island Hydroelectric Station. Riverbend Steam Station is also located on Mountain Island Lake and uses the lake to cool the steam that drives the turbines. Fed by the Catawba River, Mountain Island Lake is the smallest of the three man-made lakes within Mecklenburg County. The three Charlotte lakes, Wylie, Norman and Mountain Island, are managed by Duke Energy, the region’s main supplier of power. Mountain Island Lake is approximately 3,281 acres and has 61 miles of shoreline.
Mountain Island Lake’s primary function is to provide drinking water for residents of Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties but, is a popular, public accessible lake for boating and fishing as well. Some of the popular public recreational areas include Hornets Nest Park and Latta Plantation Park, where residents also enjoy horseback riding as well as fishing.
Divided east and westward, Mecklenburg County to the east and Lincoln and Gaston Counties to the west, both sides of Mountain Island enjoy excellent school assignments.
Some of the popular communities in the Mountain Island lake area include:
- Harwood Landing
- Mountain Point
- Mt. Isle Harbor
- Preservation Pointe
- The Polo Club at Mountain Island Lake
Map of Mountain Island Lake, NC
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