Lake Norman YMCA
Great scenic view area in rear with stationary bikes to ride while enjoying the view. Outdoor pool has lots of room on the outside for events and seating. Staff is great and friendly.
We've been members at the Lake Norman branch of the YMCA and they are the best. The employees recognize us and say hi every time we visit, some even check in on how we are doing. Our daughter has attended camp there for 5 years and is involved in LKN Stars gymnastics team. Highly recommend checking them out for your fitness and community needs.
Joseph Brad Wright
This YMCA has the smallest selection of weight lifting equipment I have ever seen. They have numerous classrooms, a pool, and rooms of cardio equipment without a soul in them. Everyone has to crowd into a small area around the elevator to use what little free weights there are and only one squat rack. Impossible to have a decent workout.
My review is only for the lake access, not for the gym or workout facility. I saw on Instagram they have lake access on Saturdays from 11am-4pm so I came today to check it out. My membership is at the Dowd YMCA in Charlotte but I had no problem visiting this location! If you drive to the left past the main building, you'll see the lake access area and there is a small parking lot where you can park. There is a covered pavilion with picnic tables so you can bring a picnic lunch. There are also bathrooms and dressing rooms available for changing. Nothing fancy but it's nice that they are there! There is a small cove area where you can kayak, canoe, stand up paddle, or play on two inflatable climbing things in the water. They require everyone to wear a life vest which they can supply if you don't have your own. There was no cost to use any of the equipment! On a crowded day they ask you to limit the time you have the equipment to an hour, but on a slow day they don't care how long you use it. For the swimmers and kids, every hour they call everyone out of the water for 15 minutes, but kayakers can stay in the water. There are also plenty of lifeguards on duty. I counted at least 7. They station 2 lifeguards in kayaks at each of the inflatable things to watch the kids from both sides. One lifeguard stands on the dock and watches the kayakers in the cove. They even have a lifeguard ski boat that they send out to watch the kayakers who paddle outside of the cove. I felt very safe when I was there! This is definitely an activity place and not a beach for laying out and tanning. (Lake access is during the summer months, first day was mid-June 2020, Saturdays 11am-4pm)
This place is so good and organized. I sent my son for soccer coaching . They are effective. Chances are there u wont find coaches but parents turn coaches which worked so good in my experience.