by | Nov 1, 2021 | High Rock Lake

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to reflect on how lucky and thankful we are to have a lake in our backyard. I really do, and Rowan County residents can also enjoy High Rock Lake from many vantage points, with or without a boat. It doesn’t matter where you came from, it’s just that you found High Rock Lake; its beauty, abundance of wildlife to watch and admire, and the views that never disappoint.


For Rowan County residents that do not have a friend on the lake or a boat, there are a few places for water access including kayaking from Eagle Point Nature Preserve, fishing and camping at Tuckertown reservoir or enjoying the view and food at one of the three different lakeside restaurants – Tamarac Marina and Lakeview Family Restaurant on Bringle Ferry Road, or Waters Edge off Providence Church Road.


I wanted to share the most memorable summer activities of several folks from different areas with all of you.


Here is a round-robin of comments from ‘neighbors’ who live on the lake and some of those who enjoy what HRL has to offer:

Stacey Fitch

“This is our first full summer at High Rock Lake and frankly, I can’t just name one best of… From friends and family visiting, boating and jet skiing, bonfires, and the lovely sunsets, you can’t just have one best moment at HRL. We had family from California move to North Carolina recently and seeing them enjoy the laid-back atmosphere either boating, swimming, or just lounging with a cold beverage on a float was great to share with them.”

Barry Childers, Childers Marine Construction

“Working and living on the lake is a dream come true and getting to enjoy boating on High Rock Lake without working during the warm weather is tops on my list of favorite pastimes. Having dinner near Goat Island while on our boat watching the sunset is one of the best things about lake living!”

Daniel Matangira, Matangira Recycling

“I am the current Dragon Boat Chairman and was privileged to work on the 2021 Rowan County Dragon Boat Festival with remarkable volunteers, board, and committee members. We reached our anticipated goal of more than four thousand event attendees to watch our teams compete over the waters of High Rock Lake. This beautiful event will grow exponentially. I learned a ton over the past few months and witnessing the gratitude and enthusiasm for our community will be a cherished moment for me.”

Elaine Spalding, President, Salisbury-Rowan Chamber of Commerce

“My most memorable summer activity was certainly the Dragon Boat Festival. Since we did not host it last year due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, this year was even more special for all of us. The community came together to enjoy the summer weather, High Rock Lake, our featured local beverages Cheerwine, New Sarum, and Morgan Ridge Vineyards. The food trucks offer the best in outdoor food and the array of sponsors and vendors showcasing their talents. All wrapped around the business community, with friends and families cheering on our Dragon Boaters! What a wonderful way to wrap our chamber’s small business objectives around a positive event.”

Welcome to, and thoughts, from a new lake resident:

While enjoying coffee and time with friends at Mean Mug in Salisbury, I met a new Salisbury resident, Christian Bruce. He and his family moved to High Rock Lake just this past July from Colorado. Since this was his first summer on High Rock, I asked him what he thought of our lake community. “My parents, siblings and I love watersports – boating, water skiing, jet skiing, and even surfing since we are originally from the west coast.

Our two dogs even love High Rock Lake and venturing out with us, learning to navigate the various coves.

The best memory so far for me is the July Fourth fireworks. We were so surprised at the display and the number of families enjoying the spectacular show from the main channel on their boats.

I love the hip vibe at the downtown Salisbury coffee shops and am looking forward to connecting with the community and helping others – that brings pure joy to me.”

Although the long summer days are over, High Rock offers lots to do and see in the coming months including winter fishing and weekend brunch or lunch at one of the lakeside restaurants.

Enjoy! And Happy Thanksgiving.


I would love to hear from you on what your favorite lake activity is, or someone that you would like me to feature in 2022. Please email me at highrock@YourRowan.com


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About The Author

Joyce Caron-Mercier

After three decades of working in the motorsports industry from track and team management to public relations, and overseeing sponsorship and driver contracts within NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar and World of Outlaws competition, Joyce wanted more. She came to ACS Charlotte in February 2020 as the staff lead for the annual Taste of Hope Charlotte gala. Joyce’s role encompasses event production, sponsorship cultivation and implementation, public awareness, and interaction with the Charlotte gala Board of Ambassadors, and launched the Young Professionals CLT ABOA in 2022. Joyce and her husband Paul of 32 years discovered High Rock Lake, situated between Rowan and Davidson Counties, and quickly became full-time lake residents on North Carolina’s second largest lake with their two Great Danes, Max and Molly. Joyce writes a monthly blog for Your Rowan, a county marketing initiative to share the positive attributes of Rowan County with its residents and visitors. Joyce’s blog and social handles are called ‘Joyce on the Lake’. Being community minded is important and I serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the High Rock Lake Association, High Rock Lake Clean Sweep, and assist the Rowan Chamber with their annual Dragon Boat Festival.