Lake Norman is the largest man-made lake in North Carolina and boasts 520 miles of shoreline extending into four counties: northern Mecklenburg, southern Iredell, eastern Lincoln and Catawba. It was created in 1963 by Duke Power (now called Duke Energy) by damming the Catawba River. While Lake Norman has long been a popular destination for outdoor and water enthusiasts, most of the development has been in four towns near the lake – not necessarily on it: Cornelius, Huntersville, Davidson and Mooresville – all of which are also conveniently located off I-77. Huntersville is the largest town in the Lake Norman area with over 50,000 residents and is also closest in proximity to Charlotte. Cornelius has over 27,000 residents and encompasses the east and west sides of I-77. Davidson is home to Davidson College and is a quaint community with a wonderful vibe. Mooresville is home to 32,711 is residents and nicknamed Race City USA because it is headquarters for several NASCAR teams and racing museums. If you are a water enthusiast, Lake Norman offers Lake Norman State Park in Troutman, Queens Landing in Mooresville offers dinner cruises, and there are numerous waterfront restaurants.