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Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie was named after Dr. W. Gil Wylie, who organized the Catawba Power Company, a predecessor of Duke Energy. It is the oldest lake on the Catawba River. The lake was first created in 1904 by a dam near Fort Mill, South Carolina.

The dam was rebuilt in 1924 and the lake's surface expanded to approximately 13,443 acres and 325 miles of shoreline. In addition to supporting Wylie Hydroelectric Station, Lake Wylie also supports Allen Steam Station and Catawba Nuclear Station with cooling water and provides a dependable water supply for Belmont and Rock Hill. Full pond elevation at Lake Wylie is approximately 569.4 feet.

Duke Energy provides six boat access areas (with one leased to Mecklenburg County and one to York County), one bank fishing area and one boat access area below the dam in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Since portions of this lake lie in both North and South Carolina, fishermen are advised to obtain proper licenses.

Public Access Areas

Upper Section

  • Allen Fishing Access Area
  • South Point Access Area
  • Stowe Botanical Garden 1-704-825-4990

Lower Section

  • Copperhead Access Area 1-704-588-5224 (Leased to Mecklenburg County)
  • Buster Boyd Access Area
  • McDowell Nature Preserve 1-704-588-5224 (Operated by Mecklenburg County)
  • Lake Wylie Marina 1-803-831-2101
  • River Hills Marina 1-803-831-7286
  • Carolina Crossing Marina 1-704-588-5463
  • Allison Creek Access Area
  • Nivens Creek Access Area
  • Ebenezer Access Area 1-803-366-6620 (Leased to York County, S.C.)
  • Fort Mill Access Area
  • Lake Club Marina 1-803-324-2232
  • Tega Cay Marina 1-803-548-3715

Upper Section

Lake Wylie Map

Allen Fishing Access Area Allen Fishing Access Area Parking Fishing


Lake Wylie Map

South Point Access Area South Point Access Area Parking Launching Ramp


Lake Wylie Map

Stowe Botanical Garden Stowe Botanical Garden Point of Interest


Lower Section

Lake Wylie Map

Copperhead Access Area Copperhead Access Area (Leased to Mecklenburg County)
Parking Launching Ramp Restrooms Campground Picnic Shelter Point of Interest Fishing Handicap Accessible
Buster Boyd Access Area Buster Boyd Access Area Parking Launching Ramp Handicap Accessible
McDowell Park McDowell Nature Preserve (Operated by Mecklenburg County)
     Parking Telephone Restrooms Picnic Area Picnic Shelter Point of Interest Trailer Sites Hiking Trail
Campground  Community Building Fishing Handicap Accessible
Lake Wylie Marina Lake Wylie Marina Gas Station Restrooms
River Hills Marina River Hills Marina Gas Station Launching Ramp Pumpout Station
Carolina Crossing Marina Carolina Crossing Marina Gas Station Restrooms


Lake Wylie Map

Allison Creek Access Area Allison Creek Access Area Parking Launching Ramp Fishing Handicap Accessible


Lake Wylie Map

Nivens Creek Access Area Nivens Creek Access Area Parking Launching Ramp Handicap Accessible


Lake Wylie Map

Ebenezer Access Area Ebenezer Access Area (Leased to York County)
Parking Launching Ramp Campground Picnic Shelter Restrooms Handicap Accessible Swimming
Fort Mill Access Area Fort Mill Access Area Parking Launching Ramp
Lake Club Marina Lake Club Marina Restrooms Gas Station
Tega Cay Sea Marina Tega Cay Sea Marina Gas Station Launching Ramp Restrooms Pumpout Station

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