(a)  Regulated Area.  This Rule applies to Lake Norman which is located in the counties of Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln and Mecklenburg.

(b)  Speed Limit Near Shore Facilities.  No person shall operate a vessel at greater than no‑wake speed within 50 yards of any marked boat launching area, bridge, dock, pier, marina, boat storage structure, or boat service area on the waters of Lake Norman.

(c)  Speed Limit Near Parks:  No person shall operate a vessel greater than no‑wake speed within 50 yards of the following parks as designated by markers:

(1)           Jetton Park;

(2)           Brown's Cove Park.

(d)  Specific Speed Zones:  No person shall operate a vessel at greater than no-wake speed in the following designated waters:

(1)           the entire area of Bluff Point Cove;

(2)           that cove immediately north of the inlet of Hager Creek.

(e)  Restricted Swimming Areas.  No person operating or responsible for the operation of a vessel shall permit it to enter any marked swimming area on the waters of Lake Norman.

(f)  Placement and Maintenance of Markers.  Each of the boards of commissioners of the above‑named counties is designated a suitable agency for placement and maintenance of navigational aids and regulatory markers of a general nature on the waters of Lake Norman within the boundaries of each respective county.  Provided the said counties exercise their supervisory responsibility, they may delegate the actual process of placement or maintenance of such markers to some other agency, corporation, group, or individual.

With regard to marking the restricted zones described above, markers may be placed and maintained by the individuals using the protected areas and facilities in accordance with the Uniform Waterway Marking System and supplementary standards as set forth in Rule .0301(g)(1) to (8) of this Section.

(g)  Markers Reflecting County Regulation.  Where any marker conforming or required to conform to the uniform system is placed in or near Lake Norman advising the public of the provisions of any local act or of county ordinances made under the authority of any local act and:

(1)           Such provisions are not within the enforcement jurisdiction of the Commission; and

(2)           The Commission has not passed regulations of an identical or closely similar nature to that of the provisions in question, such marker to be deemed in conformity with the uniform system must bear on it the legend "County Regulation" at such a place or at such places as needed to indicate which provisions are not enforceable by the Commission as a matter of state law.

(h)  Miscellaneous Restrictions.  In addition to the acts prohibited by Paragraph (f) of Rule .0301 of this Section, it is unlawful to commit any such act with respect to any marker placed or erected under the authority of Chapter 1205 of the 1965 Session Laws of the State of North Carolina by any one of the above named counties or by them jointly.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 75A‑3; 75A‑15; S.L. 1965, c. 1205;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1998; October 1, 1992; May 1, 1989; March 25, 1978;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. December 6, 2016.