Best lakes in Charlotte

Check out the top lakes in Charlotte, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Freedom Park
1. Freedom Park
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99 local reviews
Freedom Park, Charlotte
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Regina & Mike
The most popular park in Charlotte - where the locals go! It's 98 acres and has lots to offer - nature trails,…
Cynthia
Can walk/run around the lake, not a huge park but a little of something for everyone--picnic, kids area,…
Dawn
98 acres 4 baseball fields Batting cages 12 tennis courts 4 soccer fields Full-court basketball court 2…
1. Freedom Park
1. Freedom Park
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99 local reviews
Freedom Park, Charlotte
Regina & Mike
Regina & Mike
The most popular park in Charlotte - where the locals go! It's 98 acres and has lots to offer - nature trails, baseball fields, tennis…
Cynthia
Cynthia
Can walk/run around the lake, not a huge park but a little of something for everyone--picnic, kids area, Raptor Center, within 10 minute or…
Dawn
Dawn
98 acres 4 baseball fields Batting cages 12 tennis courts 4 soccer fields Full-court basketball court 2 volleyball courts Concession stand…
2. T-Bones On the Lake
2. T-Bones On the Lake
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13 local reviews
3990 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 803-831-0170
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Bruce
It's one of three restaurants on the lake available by car or boat. It sports a very eclectic vibe with it's…
Daniel & Doshia
T-Bones is a short drive down S. Tryon and has a large patio on Lake Wylie. Food is mediocre but has a great…
Jan & Charlie
T Bones in Lake Wylie's only water front dining venue, steaks, some seafood, chicken, salads and apps. Two…
2. T-Bones On the Lake
2. T-Bones On the Lake
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13 local reviews
3990 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 803-831-0170
Bruce
Bruce
It's one of three restaurants on the lake available by car or boat. It sports a very eclectic vibe with it's random decor. Enjoy the…
Daniel & Doshia
Daniel & Doshia
T-Bones is a short drive down S. Tryon and has a large patio on Lake Wylie. Food is mediocre but has a great view and usually a live band…
Jan & Charlie
Jan & Charlie
T Bones in Lake Wylie's only water front dining venue, steaks, some seafood, chicken, salads and apps. Two bars inside and outdoor deck bar…
3. Lake Norman
3. Lake Norman
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15 local reviews
Lake Norman
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Nadine
Lake Norman is the largest man made lake in NC and features 520 miles of shoreline! Great fishing, boating,…
Travis & Stephen
The largest lake in North Carolina, rent a boat, take the kayaks, or just go fishing and enjoy a peaceful and…
Tony
Abot 15/20 minutes. It's a very large lake offering hiking, swimming, restaurants and great neighborhoods.
3. Lake Norman
3. Lake Norman
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15 local reviews
Lake Norman
Nadine
Nadine
Lake Norman is the largest man made lake in NC and features 520 miles of shoreline! Great fishing, boating, kayaking, water skiing and…
Travis & Stephen
Travis & Stephen
The largest lake in North Carolina, rent a boat, take the kayaks, or just go fishing and enjoy a peaceful and exciting afternoon on the…
Tony
Tony
Abot 15/20 minutes. It's a very large lake offering hiking, swimming, restaurants and great neighborhoods.
4. McDowell Nature Preserve
4. McDowell Nature Preserve
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18 local reviews
15222 York Road, Charlotte
Closed · Opens Friday 9:00 AM
+1 980-314-2267
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Gary
Great spot for picnicking or hiking. Part of the park borders on Lake Wylie with pretty lake views.
Emily
You can hike, bike, run, kayak, or just go for a lakeside picnic. The park borders Lake Wylie.
Daniel & Doshia
Nature Preserve great for picnics during the summer months located along Lake Wylie
4. McDowell Nature Preserve
4. McDowell Nature Preserve
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18 local reviews
15222 York Road, Charlotte
Closed · Opens Friday 9:00 AM
+1 980-314-2267
Gary
Gary
Great spot for picnicking or hiking. Part of the park borders on Lake Wylie with pretty lake views.
Emily
Emily
You can hike, bike, run, kayak, or just go for a lakeside picnic. The park borders Lake Wylie.
Daniel & Doshia
Daniel & Doshia
Nature Preserve great for picnics during the summer months located along Lake Wylie
5. Port City Club 4-Star Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, Covered & Open Deck, Outdoor Couches, Boat Docks.
5. Port City Club 4-Star Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, Covered & Open Deck, Outdoor Couches, Boat Docks.
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9 local reviews
18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 704-765-1565
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Patricia
Great restaurant right on Lake Norman! Beautiful view of the lake, great music most weekend nights, and great…
Alesia
Just a short walk over from the condo and excellent food with a view of the lake.
Cliff And Daniel
Beauitful views of Lake Norman. Good food awesome menu to choose from.
5. Port City Club 4-Star Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, Covered & Open Deck, Outdoor Couches, Boat Docks.
5. Port City Club 4-Star Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, Covered & Open Deck, Outdoor Couches, Boat Docks.
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9 local reviews
18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 704-765-1565
Patricia
Patricia
Great restaurant right on Lake Norman! Beautiful view of the lake, great music most weekend nights, and great food!
Alesia
Alesia
Just a short walk over from the condo and excellent food with a view of the lake.
Cliff And Daniel
Cliff And Daniel
Beauitful views of Lake Norman. Good food awesome menu to choose from.
6. Boardwalk Billy's Raw Bar and Ribs
6. Boardwalk Billy's Raw Bar and Ribs
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8 local reviews
9005 J M Keynes Dr, Charlotte
Open · Closes 2:00 AM
+1 704-503-7427
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Kristen
This is a restaurant that pops up in places near the beach and there is one here in Charlotte, not far from…
Johanne
Go to the Boardwalk for a casual walk near the lake, duck feeding. Lots of restaurants nearby. Icecream shop &…
Patricia
Lake view with great food; ask for Fried Green Tomatoes; a specialty.
6. Boardwalk Billy's Raw Bar and Ribs
6. Boardwalk Billy's Raw Bar and Ribs
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8 local reviews
9005 J M Keynes Dr, Charlotte
Open · Closes 2:00 AM
+1 704-503-7427
Kristen
Kristen
This is a restaurant that pops up in places near the beach and there is one here in Charlotte, not far from the University. They sit on a…
Johanne
Johanne
Go to the Boardwalk for a casual walk near the lake, duck feeding. Lots of restaurants nearby. Icecream shop & frozen yogurts nearby.
Patricia
Patricia
Lake view with great food; ask for Fried Green Tomatoes; a specialty.
7. Mickey & Mooch
7. Mickey & Mooch
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6 local reviews
9723 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 704-895-6654
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Al And Lynda
One of the better upscale restaurants in the lake norman area. Try their chocolate cake, even the small…
7. Mickey & Mooch
7. Mickey & Mooch
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6 local reviews
9723 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 704-895-6654
Al And Lynda
Al And Lynda
One of the better upscale restaurants in the lake norman area. Try their chocolate cake, even the small portion is huge!
8. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
8. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
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40 local reviews
6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 704-825-4490
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Samantha
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, the Carolinas’ Garden for All Seasons, provides guests a chance to reconnect…
Aimee
Daniel Stowe is a beautiful botanical garden with walking trails right on the lake. Take advantage of the…
Molly
380 acres of beauty on Lake Wylie. Its a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and…
8. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
8. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
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40 local reviews
6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 704-825-4490
Samantha
Samantha
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, the Carolinas’ Garden for All Seasons, provides guests a chance to reconnect with nature. Located within 380…
Aimee
Aimee
Daniel Stowe is a beautiful botanical garden with walking trails right on the lake. Take advantage of the Beer Garden and enjoy local…
Molly
Molly
380 acres of beauty on Lake Wylie. Its a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids.
9. Blythe Landing Park
9. Blythe Landing Park
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6 local reviews
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Alyse
Beautiful place for a couple, families, and children. There are playgrounds, beautiful views of Lake Norman, a…
Andy
Blythe Landing has a playground and some play areas. Mostly a great location to put a boat into Lake Norman…
Barbara
There is so much to do at this park by the lake.
9. Blythe Landing Park
9. Blythe Landing Park
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6 local reviews
Alyse
Alyse
Beautiful place for a couple, families, and children. There are playgrounds, beautiful views of Lake Norman, a marina to launch boats, a…
Andy
Andy
Blythe Landing has a playground and some play areas. Mostly a great location to put a boat into Lake Norman. Ample parking for vehicles and…
Barbara
Barbara
There is so much to do at this park by the lake.
10. Freedom Park
10. Freedom Park
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13 local reviews
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Janet
Beautiful city park, walking trails, lake, great place to relax, be outside and only 5 minutes away
Shirley
Beautiful walking area, lake, tennis courts, and children's play grounds. Short drive.
Chris
Great park with lake. Hiking, picnic tables, ball fields.
10. Freedom Park
10. Freedom Park
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13 local reviews
Janet
Janet
Beautiful city park, walking trails, lake, great place to relax, be outside and only 5 minutes away
Shirley
Shirley
Beautiful walking area, lake, tennis courts, and children's play grounds. Short drive.
Chris
Chris
Great park with lake. Hiking, picnic tables, ball fields.
11. Eddie's on Lake Norman
11. Eddie's on Lake Norman
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9 local reviews
643 Williamson Road, Mooresville
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 704-799-2090
BarRestaurantFood
Dave
Great food - live oysters on the lake ! Boat there or drive!
Ryan
Eddies is right on the lake.
11. Eddie's on Lake Norman
11. Eddie's on Lake Norman
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9 local reviews
643 Williamson Road, Mooresville
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 704-799-2090
Dave
Dave
Great food - live oysters on the lake ! Boat there or drive!
Ryan
Ryan
Eddies is right on the lake.
12. Hello, Sailor
12. Hello, Sailor
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8 local reviews
20210 Henderson Rd, Cornelius
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 704-997-5365
RestaurantPoint of interestFood
Dave
Eclectic gourmet food - beef fried french fries! - Just across the lake by boat!
Andy
SoCal vibe with great food right on Lake Norman!
12. Hello, Sailor
12. Hello, Sailor
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8 local reviews
20210 Henderson Rd, Cornelius
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 704-997-5365
Dave
Dave
Eclectic gourmet food - beef fried french fries! - Just across the lake by boat!
Andy
Andy
SoCal vibe with great food right on Lake Norman!