The beaches of Lake Norman will open on the weekend of July 4th. Here’s what you need to know:


Good news for beach lovers in the Charlotte area. Mecklenburg County will open Ramsey Creek Beach with long shutters on Lake Norman in Cornelius on the weekend of July 4th. The county announced Tuesday morning.

The· The beach opens “Limited capacity” from noon to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, according to county officials, free admission for shuttle riders from CATS Park and Ride Lot on Cornelius’ One Norman Drive in 19752-1 9758 I can do it.

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Shuttle riders have free access to the beach, but car drivers pay $ 10 if they live in the county and $ 15 if they come from the outskirts of Mecklenburg, officials said.

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Elderly people and people with disabilities pay $ 2 by car if they are from Mecklenburg and $ 3 otherwise.

County officials did not say how people would be allowed at a particular time or if the beach could remain open beyond this weekend.

“Future dates and times of beach operations will be announced when they become available,” officials said in a news release.

Due to a lack of lifeguards, the beach was closed “until further notice,” Parks and Recreation County officials said before Memorial Day.

Despite raising salaries and hiring throughout the year, the county filled only 86 of its 247 lifeguard jobs, according to a county news release.

Over the last five years, Mecklenburg Park and Wreck have established free training and swimming programs to become lifeguards.

The county also raised the lifeguard minimum wage to $ 15 per hour, offered a $ 500 contract, and sent recruiters to CMS high schools and other schools in the surrounding counties, but said it was still of little use. Officials said.

Beach enthusiasts who want to stay local but can’t get into Ramsey Creek on holiday weekends go up Interstate 77 to Troutman’s Norman Lake State Park beach, about 40 miles from uptown. can do.

Swimming is prohibited in this area of ​​Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius, North Carolina. The area is near a public beach that remains closed due to a shortage of guards in the summer of 2021. Mecklenburg County officials said on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

Swimming is prohibited in this area of ​​Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius, North Carolina. The area is near a public beach that remains closed due to a shortage of guards in the summer of 2021. Mecklenburg County officials said on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

Reaction to beach closure

County officials have blamed everything from more part-time job choices to “denying access to swimming training for potential applicants.”

These explanations failed to appease some officials elected in the Norman Lake region last month.

“It’s totally unacceptable,” said John Bradford, a state legislator at the time, about the closure.

“Mecklenberg is full of cash with federal funding from a pandemic,” Republicans Cornelius posted on Facebook in response to a WSOC-TV report on beach closures. “They far exceed the state’s mandatory reserves.

On Twitter, Stacy Phillips, commissioner of the town of Huntersville, called the decision “not cool.”

“I’m going to say that the whole situation is a complete BS before Mecklenberg turns the combo and prevents LKN from opening this beach …” posted Phillips.

Phillips mentioned years ago complaints from noisy crowds, intruders, trash, and residents near the park in heavy traffic.

“This is the only public access to swimming at LKN,” Philips posted. “…. Recruitment in niche markets is not that difficult.”

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