I can already hear the locals laughing, but for those who aren't in the know, the habitat of alligators in North Carolina is only near the coast--see map, above. LKN is located in the piedmont region of the state, just to the left of the map's big red "NC".
As readers of The Wooded Path know, I like to be accurate in my descriptions of the region, especially when it comes to its wildlife and natural features. Even in fiction, just as other Oak Tree Press authors take you to historic Central California or the present day coast...the border between Texas and Mexico...Beirut...Hawaii...Colorado... the NC coast...I am careful to provide an authentic escape to my real-life setting. Don't we all appreciate an authentic experience?
So in my stories you'll never read of an alligator in this lake. But you might read about any of the other creatures that really do swim in its waters: its turtles, bass, bluegill...even the ugly alligator gar which is a long-snout fish we see in the shallow coves when we paddle board.
If any of you can share about an interesting sighting on Lake Norman, I'd love to add to my notes. And if you go by the YouTube alias of Kaptain Ahaab, I'd especially like to hear from you. (I bet he has quite the entertaining sense of humor.)