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Mountain-Island-Lake is a picturesque lake located on the border of Gaston County and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Only 13 miles from downtown Charlotte, Mountain Island Lake is one of Northwest Charlotte's recreational playgrounds. In addition, this 3000-acre lake provides drinking water to the residents of Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties, as well as being an important wildlife area. Recreational activities on the lake include boating and fishing, water skiing, sailing, jet skiing and kayaking. Downtown Charlotte, with its' NASCAR racing, restaurants and shopping is just a short drive away. Lowe's Motor Speedway is approximately 18 miles from Mountain Island Lake. Other area attractions include the historic Rural Hill Farm and Historic Latta Plantation and the Carolina Raptor Center. The spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains are about two hours from Mountain Island Lake and the Atlantic Ocean is approximately a three and a half-hour drive away. Several major highways, including Interstates 77, 85 and 485 provide easy access to Mecklenburg County and Mountain Island Lake.

Surrounding areas: Lake Norman, North Carolina (7.2 mi), Charlotte, North Carolina (11.0 mi), Lake Wylie, North Carolina (19.1 mi), Marion, North Carolina (19.3 mi), Lake Hickory, North Carolina (29.7 mi), Monroe, North Carolina (34.5 mi)

Mountain Island Lake Vacation Rentals




Mountain Island Lake Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites250 Beaty DrBelmont, NC5.0 mi.(704) 812-2000
American Motel6834 E Wilkinson BlvdBelmont, NC6.2 mi.(704) 825-3753
Country Inn & Suites2541 Little Rock RdCharlotte, NC6.8 mi.(704) 394-2000
Holiday Inn Charlotte Airport2707 Little Rock RdCharlotte, NC7.0 mi.(800) 647-7829
Hampton Inn Airport3127 Sloan DrCharlotte, NC7.4 mi.(704) 392-1600
Comfort Suites Charlotte Airport3425 Mulberry Church RdCharlotte, NC7.8 mi.(704) 971-4400
Howard Johnson Inn4419 Tuckaseegee RdCharlotte, NC7.8 mi.(704) 393-9881
Motel 63433 Mulberry Church RdCharlotte, NC7.8 mi.(704) 394-0899
Royal Inn & Suites3433 Axar StCharlotte, NC7.8 mi.(704) 394-1819
Knights Inn-Charlotte/Airport4115 Glenwood DrCharlotte, NC7.9 mi.(704) 394-4131
Microtel Inn & Suites-n Charlotte6309 Banner Elk DrCharlotte, NC7.9 mi.(704) 227-3377
Sleep Inn6300 Banner Elk RdCharlotte, NC7.9 mi.(704) 399-7778
Days Inn4924 Sunset RdCharlotte, NC8.2 mi.(704) 598-7712
Super 84930 Sunset RdCharlotte, NC8.2 mi.(704) 598-7710
Hilton Garden Inn North9315 Statesville RdCharlotte, NC8.3 mi.(704) 597-7655
Suburban Lodge Of WT Harris8615 Hankins RdCharlotte, NC8.6 mi.(770) 799-5178
Holiday Inn Express14135 Statesville RdHuntersville, NC9.1 mi.(704) 875-1165
Super 8 Motel502 Cox RdGastonia, NC9.5 mi.(704) 867-3846
Super 8502 Cox RdGastonia, NC9.5 mi.(704) 867-3846
Candlewood Suites Huntersville16530 Northcross DrHuntersville, NC9.7 mi.(704) 895-3434
Sleep Inn-lake Norman16508 Northcross DrHuntersville, NC9.7 mi.(704) 766-2500
Rodeway Inn2400 Wilkinson BlvdCharlotte, NC9.8 mi.(704) 377-6961
Courtyard By Marriott16700 Northcross DrHuntersville, NC9.8 mi.(704) 949-4900
Comfort Suites1874 Remount RdGastonia, NC10.0 mi.(704) 865-6688
Courtyard Gastonia1856 Remount RdGastonia, NC10.0 mi.(704) 852-4411
Fairfield Inn1860 Remount RdGastonia, NC10.0 mi.(704) 867-5073
Hampton Inn-gastonia1859 Remount RdGastonia, NC10.0 mi.(704) 866-9090
Country Suites16617 Statesville RdHuntersville, NC10.1 mi.(800) 456-4000
Hawthorn Suites LTD16905 Caldwell Creek DrHuntersville, NC10.2 mi.(704) 892-9487
Quality Inn16825 Caldwell Creek DrHuntersville, NC10.2 mi.(704) 892-6597
Doubletree Hotel-charlotte895 West Trade StCharlotte, NC10.3 mi.(704) 347-0070
Amerisuites-Charlotte/Airport2950 Oak Lake BlvdCharlotte, NC10.5 mi.(704) 423-9931
Homewood Suites Charlotte Airport2770 Yorkmont RdCharlotte, NC10.5 mi.(704) 357-0500
Wyndham Garden Hotel2600 Yorkmont RdCharlotte, NC10.6 mi.(704) 357-9100
Residence Inn-Charlotte Uptown Stadium410 S Mint StCharlotte, NC10.7 mi.(800) 331-3131
Ramada Limited1400 E Franklin BlvdGastonia, NC10.7 mi.(704) 864-8744
Best Western Luxury Inn4904 N I-85 Service RdCharolotte, NC10.8 mi.(800) 522-9949
Hill Top Motel2718 Gastonia-dallas HwyDallas, NC10.8 mi.(704) 922-7876
Amerisuites Arrowood7900 Frst Point BlvdCharlotte, NC11.0 mi.(704) 522-8400
Amerisuites Coliseum4119 S Stream BlvdCharlotte, NC11.0 mi.(704) 357-8555
 
Bed & Breakfast
Inn Uptown-bed & Breakfast129 N Poplar StCharlotte, NC10.8 mi.(704) 342-2800
Roswell Inn2320 Roswell AveCharlotte, NC13.6 mi.(704) 332-4915
Spring Run Bed & Breakfast24 SPG Run LK NormanMooresville, NC20.0 mi.(704) 664-6686
The Book & Spindle B & B626 Oakland AveRock Hill, SC27.5 mi.(803) 328-1913

Mountain Island Lake Weather & Climate

The Heartland, near the city of Charlotte, has a moderate, four-season climate. The single most important factor in the state that influences weather is altitude. The Heartland, or central part of the state, is partially protected by the western mountain ranges from the cold air that moves southeastward across the central States. Extreme cold temperatures are rare outside the mountains. The warmest days are found in the interior rather than near the coast. Autumn is the driest season and the season of most rapidly changing temperature. There is no distinct wet or dry season in the state, although July is usually the wettest month. North Carolina is outside the principal tornado area of the U.S., but still averages two or three per year, mostly east of the Mountains in the spring. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to influence the weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 51°F 32°F 3.93 in. 49°F
February 55°F 34°F 3.83 in. 46°F
March 64°F 41°F 4.50 in. 52°F
April 72°F 49°F 3.05 in. 59°F
May 79°F 58°F 3.88 in. 68°F
June 86°F 66°F 3.81 in. 73°F
July 90°F 70°F 3.96 in. 77°F
August 88°F 69°F 3.14 in. 80°F
September 82°F 63°F 3.63 in. 76°F
October 72°F 50°F 3.74 in. 70°F
November 62°F 41°F 3.44 in. 58°F
December 54°F 34°F 3.30 in. 55°F

Mountain Island Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Charlotte Douglas International airport (CLT) located about 8 miles south of Mountain Island Lake in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Shelby Municipal airport (EHO) located approximately 35 miles west of Mountain Island Lake in Shelby, North Carolina, the Smith Reynolds airport (INT) located roughly 69 miles northeast of Mountain Island Lake in Winston - Salem, North Carolina, and finally the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located around 75 miles west of Mountain Island Lake in Greer, South Carolina.

Mountain Island Lake Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Paramount's CarowindsCharlotteNC11.0 mi.
JeepersConcordNC23.5 mi.
Wet 'n Wild Emerald PointeGreensboroNC84.2 mi.
 
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC18.1 mi.
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC84.2 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Green Meadows Golf CourseMount HollyNC3.3 mi.
Lakewood Golf CourseCramertonNC7.5 mi.
White Oak Par 3AlexisNC7.9 mi.
Birkdale Golf ClubHuntersvilleNC9.8 mi.
Skybrook Golf ClubHuntersvilleNC9.8 mi.
Westport Golf CourseDenverNC11.4 mi.
Crowders Mountain Golf ClubGastoniaNC12.0 mi.
Linwood Springs Golf CourseGastoniaNC12.0 mi.
Charles T Myers Public Golf CourseCharlotteNC12.5 mi.
Charlotte Golf LinksCharlotteNC12.5 mi.
Golf Club at BallantyneCharlotteNC12.5 mi.
Highland Creek Golf ClubCharlotteNC12.5 mi.
Oak Hills Golf CourseCharlotteNC12.5 mi.
Olde Sycamore Golf PlantationCharlotteNC12.5 mi.
Paradise Valley Par 3CharlotteNC12.5 mi.
Pawtucket Golf ClubCharlotteNC12.5 mi.
Renaissance Park Golf CourseCharlotteNC12.5 mi.
Revolution Park Golf CourseCharlotteNC12.5 mi.
Sunset Hills Public Golf CourseCharlotteNC12.5 mi.
Briarcreek Golf ClubHigh ShoalsNC12.8 mi.
Gastonia Municipal Golf CourseGastoniaNC12.8 mi.
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country ClubDenverNC13.8 mi.
Lincoln Country ClubLincolntonNC15.9 mi.
Crystal Creek Golf ClubPinevilleNC18.4 mi.
Mallard Head Country ClubMooresvilleNC19.7 mi.
Mooresville Golf CourseMooresvilleNC19.7 mi.
Larkhaven Golf ClubCharlotteNC20.4 mi.
Glen Oaks Country ClubMaidenNC20.6 mi.
Kings Mountain Country ClubKings MountainNC20.9 mi.
Woodbridge Golf LinksKings MountainNC20.9 mi.
 
Ski Areas
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC74.2 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC75.8 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC75.8 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC94.2 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC119.5 mi.
 
State Parks
Crowders Mountain State ParkNC18.6 mi. 
Duke Powder State ParkNC22.7 mi. 
Kings Mountain State ParkSC24.9 mi. 
Andrew Jackson State ParkSC36.4 mi. 
Landsford Canal State ParkSC39.5 mi. 
 
Museums
Historic Latta PlantationHuntersvilleNC9.7 mi.(History)
LightfactoryCharlotteNC11.0 mi.(Art)
Mint Musuem of ArtCharlotteNC11.0 mi.(Art)
Schiele Museum of Natural HistoryGastoniaNC12.4 mi.(Science)
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC34.0 mi.(Art)
Stanly County Historic Preservation Commission MuseumAlbemarleNC44.4 mi.(History)
DoorsAdvanceNC53.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC70.8 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC86.2 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC90.1 mi.
Riverbanks Zoological Park and Botanical GardenColumbiaSC92.2 mi.


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