Lake Wylie

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About the Lake

   Lake Wylie is one of four lakes built on the Catawba River.  It is also the oldest lake on the Catawba River.  The original dam was constructed in 1904 and was rebuilt in 1924. The current owner of Lake Wylie is Duke Energy which owns and operates a number of lakes in South Carolina and North Carolina.  

Lake Wylie is very unique in the fact that there are many towns very close to the lake.  On the South Carolina side lies the township of Lake Wylie which is located at the Buster Boyd Bridge on Highway 49. Below the dam lies the cities of Rock Hill and Fort Mill located near I-77.  On the North Carolina side are the cities of Gastonia and Charlotte.  Gastonia is located a few miles from the upper reaches of the lake and Charlotte is about 10 miles east of the lake on Highway 49 after you cross the Buster Boyd Bridge.  Also, a large theme park called Carowinds, is located near here about 14 miles away in the outskirts of Charlotte.  

  • Major Highway Access  I-77 * 274 * 49 * 557
  • Length  10 Miles
  • Full Pool Elevation  569.4 Feet Above MSL
  • Size  12,455 Acres
  • Dam Completion  1926
  • Project Management  Duke Power Company
  • Maximum Depth  94 Feet (SCDHEC)
  • Mean Depth  23 Feet (SCDHEC)     


South Carolina Outdoor Information

  SCDNR Boating Information

 SCDNR Fishing Information

 SCDNR Fishing License Information





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McDowell Park - Located on the North Carolina side just over the Highway 49 Bridge.  It includes a nature preserve with camping areas, four boat launching ramps, and seven miles of hiking trails.  This park is owned and managed by Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation. 

McDowell Park Information

YMCA Camp Thunderbird - Located on the South Carolina side of the lake beside of the Highway 49 Bridge.  This is camp run by the YMCA and offers children ages 7-16 the opportunity to go to a lakeside camp.  They offer day camp, resident camp, and much more.  They also take donations to held disadvantaged children attend camp. 

T-Bones Restaurant - Located on the South Carolina side of the lake at the Duke Energy Buster Boyd Bridge Access (Highway 49).  You can tie your boat up to their boat dock and then eat a great meal.