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Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie is a reservoir created originally by Catawba Power Company in 1904, making it the oldest reservoir on the Catawba River. The Catawba Dam impounded the Catawba River, and the lake was called Lake Catawba. In 1925, Southern Power Company raised the level of the dam, increasing the original 668 surface acres to the current 12,177 acres. Since the lake lies on the North Carolina-South Carolina border, only 7,316 acres lie within South Carolina's borders in York County, SC.

In 1927, Southern Power merged with Duke Power Company, and the lake's name changed from Lake Catawba to Lake Wylie. Duke Power maintains control over this lake today, in partnership with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, York County, and Mecklenburg County.


This lake holds the South Carolina State Record for a one-pound 13.5-ounce white perch in 1986, and that record was tied in 2007 with another white perch. Other fish stocked in this lake include bluegill and white and striped bass. Fishermen are advised to obtain proper licenses, as no reciprocal agreements exist between North Carolina and South Carolina that honor the other state's fishing licenses on any boundary waters.


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    Lake Wylie South Carolina Coordinates:
35.0858N -81.0586W
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94 ft
570 ft
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3 ft
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Duke Power maintains six public access boat ramps in South Carolina. Three marinas with pumpout stations also are located in that state in Clover, Lake Wylie, and Tega Cay. The Ebenezer Access Area is leased to York County. One popular access point is located in the town of Lake Wylie. The Buster Boyd Access Area is located within walking distance of several stores, marinas, and restaurants.


Kings Mountain State Park is located within less than one hour's drive to the east of Lake Wylie in North Carolina. Campers can find full-service RV sites and tent camping. Reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights, and rates might be lowered for off-season camping.

Other accommodations within York County include retreat and conference centers with suites, and hotels and motels to fit any budget. Most lodging is located in Rock Hill, but visitors can find other lodging in York and Fort Mill.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


The South Carolina portion of Lake Wylie is located within York County, with access to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina via I-485 to I-77 south. Southwest Airlines also flies into York Airport in South Carolina.

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