As part of Duke Energy's 2015 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) re-licensing, Duke Energy is obligated to provide multiple public access points along the Catawba-Wateree River and Lake system. Duke Energy is considering the shoreline of Lake Cornelius for one of these projects. Lake Cornelius is an approximately 112-acre body of water with roughly 4.5 miles of shoreline, located east of I-77 between Cornelius and Davidson. There is currently no public access on Lake Cornelius.
What Recreation Access Would Provide
Access area development would be funded entirely by Duke Energy, as stipulated in its FERC re-licensing agreement. The project would be for passive use only, such as kayak, canoe, and paddleboard access, shoreline fishing, or nature watching. The site would include a pathway to the shoreline, a small gravel parking lot, benches, interpretive signage, and trash/recycling receptacles.
What Recreation Access Would NOT Provide
The project would NOT include a motor boat launch, swim beach, camping, dock, fishing pier, or boat storage.