Today Denver sits on the west shores of Lake Norman, a very large lake created in 1962 when construction of the Cowans Ford Dam across the Catawba River was completed. Denver and Lake Norman are just a little north of Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina. Charlotte is a fast growing "world class" city that is home to NBA and NFL teams, NASCAR racing, theaters, cultural centers and corporate headquarters for some of the largest financial companies in the world.
The recent growth of Charlotte has fueled tremendous development of the areas surrounding Lake Norman. The lake has become a very popular recreation spot, attracting thousands of visitors every year for fishing, swimming and boating. Interstate route 77 runs along the east side of the lake and, because of the fast and easy access to Charlotte, the lake's east side has developed very quickly. Where small summer cottages and pine forests stood only a few short years ago, million dollar homes now sit and look out over the water.