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10 Oct 2019 7:10 AM | Gibson (Administrator)

Lake living means boats and enjoying the waterways no matter what day of the week. Normally, High Rock Lake is busiest on weekends and of course holidays. But there are groups who figured on how to best enjoy our lake with a boat-filled gathering twice a month during the warm weather. Every second and fourth Tuesday evenings a group of boaters from Salisbury meet in the middle of High Rock Lake and have Happy Hour, merriment and munchies. If you are out and about on your boat, you are welcome to join.

What is a Floatilla and how did it start? Shirley Price and her husband Ron were visiting friends and family in their home state of Kentucky enjoying lake activities which included weekend stays and excursions on house boats. It was the epitome of entertaining while enjoying lake life in their home state. So, in July 2015 Shirley decided to create the High Rock Bi-monthly Floatilla. Her Facebook page catalogs great pictures from past outings and will let friends and members know when the next Floatilla is scheduled.


Getting to know your lake neighbors can be tricky. Many from the surrounding area come to the lake occasionally, while others live here year-round. Dozens of cove communities have created their own personalities. One such group is Anchor Downs. Most of these residents have known each other for years, enjoying what the lake has to offer such as the upcoming July 4th fireworks, and even entering the Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat races together under the team name Anchors Up.

I asked Shirley to share a few stories with me so that I can give some color to the happenings on High Rock Lake for YourRowan.


Shirley and her husband Ron always arrive first. Some of the boaters’ zip in like a race car and throw it in reverse for a ‘perfect’ tie up. While others come in slow and precise. Regardless of the way they add to our floating neighborhood, no one has collided. We are all thankful for that.

Newer pontoon boats have issues for Floatillas for instance to maximize space most now just have a door on one side, so the ‘walk-through’ doesn’t happen on all boats. The Price’s boat doesn’t have a front deck, so they make do with lining up the back of their boat with another’s bow. It’s a big puzzle, that works.


Floatilla guests have hailed from Kentucky, Arizona and California. Locals Mark and Bernadine Wineka from The Post have come out on a beautiful night, just right for a photo spread for Salisbury Magazine. Ron went to toss the anchor out, but the rope was broken and off the anchor went to the depths of High Rock Lake. We had to wait for the next boat to join us to properly anchor and start the tie-up. Oops.

One evening several boats were tied up closer to shore than usual. We are normally more in the middle of Crane Creek. The wind was strong that night so the whole flock of us started to drift away en masse. One of our normal group members came to join, but since we were not in the normal spot, they kept going back and forth looking for us. The tied-up group kept yelling their names, but we all were laughing so much they couldn’t hear us. As the saying goes, ‘we were hiding in plain sight’. Its not that hard to find several boats tied up all together. The couple did find us, and we all had a good laugh together.

If we drift too much even with anchors, we’ll pull the anchors up and the middle boat will move us ALL to a better place, even while we are all still tied together. The party must go on! The last time this happened, the smallest boat was in the middle, we all called it the little engine that could.


Food is a hook for these gatherings, simple, yummy and sharable are the only requirements. Our most asked for item: Cindy Hart’s pigs in a blanket. Even if she can’t join the Floatilla on a night, the group requests her to make it and pass it along to me to bring onboard.


Floatillas have been popular on the lake for years. On the Davidson County side near Swearing Creek, a group gathers every Thursday evening beginning in April, weather permitting. This group even has an email network to confirm the 6:30 p.m. meet up is a go. With a 7 p.m. blessing followed by a myriad of food prepared by friends and sunset watching.

Normally six to 14 boats enjoy a mix of food, relaxation, and a lot of AHHH with those in attendance, especially with friends, and newfound lake owner friends. Paula Noonan says there is no pressure with this group, if you want to be social come on over, tie up your boat and jump into a conversation. If you want to simply enjoy the view, and take it all in by yourself, that is totally acceptable. Paula and husband Jim own a barge named ‘Dam Thang’. It’s the perfect vessel for hosting, complete with a grill. Someone even made pork chops one night! The most popular food item? The Noonan’s almost famous hot dogs, wrapped in chili, slaw and mustard. We welcome all new soon to be friends and your food items.

Be An Original is the motto for Rowan County and this is just one example how we get to be ourselves, enjoy our region’s assets and showcase our community, and cooking skills.

Check out our Facebook page - HIGH ROCK BI-MONTHLY FLOATILLA

And this is what an HRL Floatilla is all about. We would love for you to join us; all forms of boating are welcomed.

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