Life is good.
Life is still good, but less good...had you not known this could happen with your property.
Water level changes can have a huge impact on your waterfront home and the lifestyle you plan on living here. Let's break down some basic information about the water level on Lake Norman.
When Lake Norman is full to the MAX, it's at 100-ft deep or "Full Pond". Anything more is considered flooding.
When Lake Norman is "Full Pond", then the water hitting your toes at the shoreline is "760" feet above sea level. This line is important for waterfront Lake Norman homes because it is the boundary where Duke Energy has control of your property vs local and state regulators.
This is the TARGET height of the water during the busy summer season (yay!). Duke wants to leave some wiggle room or major storms and increased waves from you doing cannonballs off your dock.
This is the TARGET height of the water during the slow winter season. Duke needs to room in the lake to gather winter melting snow from the mountains and spring storms.
When Lake Norman is getting very low the MIN is at 91-ft deep. Anything less is considered drought.
The length of the dock can dictate the different levels of water you’ll have for water activities. Most likely the far end of the dock will be deep(er) water (enough for a boat to operate in).
You can use a topography map, or at minimum, any aerial photography to see the water shading. Notice the drastic difference from the previous waterfront Lake Norman homes.
Any waterfront Lake Norman home for sale is likely classified in a floodplain by FEMA or the local county.
Don’t worry, typically it will be for parts of the yard and not the home itself, but it’s good to verify with FEMA and local flood plain maps.
It's the same as everything you just read above, but in reverse looking at lower elevations.