Lake Secession - Abbeville County
About Lake Secession
Lake Secession is
located in Abbeville County about eighteen miles southwest of Anderson
South Carolina. It covers an area of 1,460 acres. The City of
Abbeville owns and manages Lake Secession primarily for municipal power
production. The lake impounds the waters of the Rocky River which
flows on to Lake Russell a
26,000 acre reservoir. Lake Secession was built in 1939
and is one of the most popular smaller lakes in the region. It is more
like a winding river than a lake except near the dam. The lake still
has many tree stumps sticking out of the water. Standing timber can
be found in some of the coves and on water at the upper end of the lake
where the river comes in. For this reason boaters should use
caution. Development around the lake consists mainly of houses
and a few businesses. The City of Abbeville has provided an
excellent boat launching facility with two launching ramps off of highway
184. There is no charge for the boat ramp. In
addition, some lake businesses on the lake provide boat ramps for a
fee. There are no boat motor restrictions on this lake.
My Recollections of Lake Secession - By Danny Norwood
I had a great childhood growing up and fishing on Lake Secession with my uncle. We used to camp on the shoreline of this lake and hear huge fish jumping during the night. These fish sounded like concrete blocks being dropped in the water. I used to listen to my uncle talk about all the fish that got away. He was thoroughly convinced that the world record largemouth bass was in this lake, and my cousin has two ten pound bass on his wall from Lake Secession. One day while bass fishing I caught a seven pound striped bass from this lake. Just like my uncle, I have had many large fish get away from me on Lake Secession. Most of my losses were from broken lines. Lake Secession is certainly a lake with the potential to produce some very large bass and possibly a record breaker fish.
These photos show the upper end of Lake Secession. They were in 2007.
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