Mountain Island Lake was created in 1924 to coincide with the building of Mountain Island Hydroelectric Station. It is one of Northwest Charlotte's many recreational havens. An important wildlife area, this nearly 3,000-acre lake provides drinking water to the residents of Mecklenburg and Gaston counties. Other favorite recreational areas include Hornets Nest Park and Latta Plantation Park, where residents enjoy horseback riding and fishing.
Some popular communities in the Mountain Island lake area include: Stonewater, Mountain Point, Mt. Isle Harbor, Preservation Pointe and Overlook.
School Information: the East side of Mountain Island Lake is in a Mecklenburg County school district, and the West side of the lake is in a Gaston County or Lincoln County school district.
Mountain Island Lake is fed by the Catawba River, and is the smallest of the three man-made lakes that border Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (Lake Norman, and Lake Wylie). Mountain Island Lake is managed by Charlotte-based company Duke Energy. The lake has around 3,281 acres (13 km2) of surface area and 61 miles (98 km) of shoreline.
The primary function of Mountain Island Lake is to provide drinking water for residents of Mecklenburg, and Gaston County. The lake is also accessible to the public for boating and fishing use.