As the water source for Charlotte and other towns in the region, special care is taken to protect the environment around Mountain Island Lake.
The lake has relatively little shoreline development, and no commercial services, such as marinas, are allowed. Strict rules govern disturbing the shoreline, including cutting of trees and construction on the lake.
Nearly half of the 61 miles of shoreline around the lake is publicly owned, protected in conservancy or otherwise not subject to development. These measures, designed to protect water quality, also create excellent wildlife habitat and contribute to a serene natural beauty rarely found on a lake so close to a major urban center. Enjoying a quiet moment in a secluded cove, it’s hard to imagine that downtown Charlotte is just 20 minutes away.