The beach at Ramsey Creek Park was perfect for a day on Lake Norman with small children because of location and safety. Lake Norman is a man-made lake as well as Ramsey Creek Beach. The park entrance fee was very low at $5 or $10 depending on the day. When I arrived they were having problems with their systems so they were waving everyone through for free.
If you are looking for a nice waterfront park, Ramsey Creek Park has it all. You can visit the swim beach Memorial Day through Labor Day Wed-Sun from noon-6pm.
Inside this post:
- Things to do
- What To Pack
Things to do – Playground Picnic Shelters Swimming
This small beach at Ramsey Creek Park is mostly a glorified kiddie pool, but that’s perfect for small kids. The deepest water came up to my 3 year old’s chest while standing.
One of the first things you see on your way to the beach is a nice sized playground with slides for young children and preschoolers. It included a Park and ride lot and also a Volleyball Court.
Next to the playground is a kiddie zipline that is less than 5 feet from the ground. Kids took turns zipping across the 20 foot line. It’s not big enough for older kids to enjoy.
If you are heading to the beach for real relaxation, you may get lucky and grab the spot near the hammock!
There was just one vendor at the park selling water and icees.
Shelters Nature Trails Fishing, Swimming Area Boat launching
If you have your boat you will need to visit a separate area for boat launching and docks. There were 4 docks to launch your boat from. Just ask the park attendants when you arrive which direction to go.
There is also 1 fishing pier that is ADA compliant.
You’ll find a large K9 dog park here for pets to roam free. Many people brought dogs but they did not go onto the beach.
There are fishing spots all along the shores of Lake Norman, but there was no fishing from the beach. The fishing pier is ADA compliant which means it is accessible to all with disabilities.
The bright yellow barrier worked to keep children from swimming or drifting out into the larger areas of Lake Norman.
There are several lifeguards on duty and they are watching everything like hawks. They make sure kids are not playing breath holding games, going beyond the barrier, or throwing rocks.
Size of the beach
The beach at Ramsey Creek is a small area of sand and rocks on Lake Norman. Ramsey Creek Park sits on 46 acres and has limited space on the beach during busy holidays.
What To Pack
Assuming you’ll pack your towels, sunscreen, sun hats, and swimsuits, and beach toys here are some things you should pack that you may not be thinking of.
Umbrellas: As a general rule, I would bring one beach umbrella for every 2 people. The sun is very strong in the Carolinas during the summer months and there is little to no shade on the beach.
Large blanket: We are a family of 4 so in order to be comfortable on the beach we used a Queen size blanket to define our space.
Flip flops or Water Shoes: The rocks on this beach are nothing to be scoffed at. They are sharp rocks and not comfortable to walk on. The sand is also very hot.
Toilet paper: Bring a roll just in case the restroom you’re in is all out.
Cooler with drinks and food: We packed many snacks but there is no place to buy food at Ramsey Creek Park so pack REAL FOOD!
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