A Happy New Year! Reflections and Resolutions to Check out on HRL

by | Jan 4, 2022 | High Rock Lake

Another year is in the books, and as many of us anticipate our fresh resolutions and the overall hope for our lives to go back to normal, (if that will ever be a thing), this blog is an opportunity to share observations from High Rock Lake with you, rather than simply looking forward with the standard New Year’s Resolutions.  Being able to enjoy lake living right here in Rowan County, on High Rock Lake year-round is a blessing.

Although the lake has been significantly lower than normal, approximately 6 ½ feet below the full pond, due to the lack of rain over the past few months, it gave us the opportunity to clean the shoreline (there are lots of kids with only one sneaker), work on our dock – ‘like for like’ repairs, and simply enjoying lake living. With the statewide fire ban in place for most of December, that put a damper on beachfront bonfires, but we know there will always be next year.

Holidays are made for gatherings, and we had our share, many at the lake with friends and family. With the abnormally warm weather, we all experienced in December, boating, fishing, and all-around recreation activities continued way past the normal season. I even witnessed kayakers smoothly paddling past our dinner guests on Christmas Day!

We all love driving by the Holiday Lights at the new Bell Tower Green and on the lovely homes decorated on Fulton Street but seeing the holiday lights reflected in the lake in our cove is magical.


For waterfront dining just minutes from downtown Salisbury, a must-try is Waters Edge Dock and Grill, with Weekend Brunch featuring their special Bloody Mary Bar at 10 AM – 2 PM. Winter weekday hours are Wednesday – Sunday 5 PM to close.  Dining is available at the restaurant, or take out, to enjoy on your boat or home!

And there is more… How about Music Bingo on Thursday evenings and weekly Cornhole Tournaments. Call to confirm the time and dates. Every Thursday from 8 – 11 PM and Saturdays 12 – 5 PM Pizza is half off. Both discounts are for dine-in customers only.

Karaoke is back at Tamarac Marina & Restaurant on Friday evenings.

With more than 100 events scheduled in 2022, the Phoenix Bass Fishing League will visit our lake three times:  April 23, June 24, and September 17 and 18th with host location at Tamarac Marina & Campground, 9120 Bringle Ferry Rd. Salisbury, NC 28146

The competitors’ Take-Off begins at 7 AM ET, with Weigh-In at 3:00 PM ET. Cash prizes will be awarded. Call for registration and additional information: 704.636.1918

Additional lakeside events scheduled ON the lake are:

The 4th Annual High Rock Lake July 4th dock decorating Competition – June 27 – July 4, a great way for homeowners to show their patriotism and creative spirit. Find a friend who has a boat and cruise around the lake to view the highly decorated docks and then go online to vote for your favorite.

The 8th Annual Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival is scheduled for July 23rd at the Rowan Shrine Club, Long Ferry Road, Salisbury. Even during last year’s pandemic, the event went on as scheduled with 20 teams, more than 12 food and display vendors, and 4,000 spectators. The annual special paddling competition has something for everyone. 

Event sponsorships and team entries are available by reaching out to: info@rowanchamber.com

The 5th Annual HRLCleanSweep will be held on September 17 to ensure the community can enjoy all that High Rock Lake has to offer for generations to come.  With High Rock Lake being the second largest lake in North Carolina with more than 300 miles of shoreline; it’s understandable that daily boat traffic, normal recreational activities, and rainwater collecting trash find their way into High Rock Lake. The High Rock dam catches most of the debris which could remain in the first of the three-lake connection, which feeds into Badin and Tillery respectively.  However, this community-minded event is open to anyone who enjoys the lake and cares about the environment. two locations – Southmont Access Area (N.C. Wildlife Rec Area Access Road, Lexington) and Dutch Second Creek (N.C. Wildlife Access, Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury).  For lake residents, this will be a good time to access adjoining properties as well as their own for cleanup.

And you can show your pride in our lake and get ready for summer with High Rock Lake tees. Three different designs – pontoon, fishermen, or the map of the lake can be found at www.hrla.com HRL store to order. #lifeisbetteronhighrocklake

Happy New Year! And Mother Nature please bring us rain.


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

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.