Lake Wylie Page
Information, maps and links for Lake Wylie
Lake Wylie - Bridging the Catawba River's transition into the Palmetto State, Lake Wylie's 25+ mile course here is more remenisant of a large, wide river than a lake. Created in 1904, it is the oldest lake on the Catawba River and the third largest. It has a total surface area of 12,139 acres and it has 67 miles of shoreline in Mecklenburg County. Water stays in Lake Wylie for about 32 days before flowing through the dam and into the Catawba River.
Lake Wylie is used for recreation, drinking water, industry, and power generation. It is the primary source of drinking water for several communities including Belmont, NC, Ft. Mill, SC, Tega Cay, SC, and Rock Hill, SC. In addition, there are 3 electricity producing stations on the lake as well as recreational facilities of 7 public boat ramps, 5 marinas, two fishing access areas and one botanical garden. The Allen Steam Station, a Duke Energy generating station on Lake Wylie contains one of the EPA's 45 active High Hazard Coal Ash Ponds. It also has an unlined inactive coal ash disposal area. The Catawba Nuclear Station located on the southern end of the lake is the single largest water consumer in the region as is readily apparent from the large cloud of steam typically hovering over the facility.
As a result of poor development and poor waste disposal practices, Lake Wylie has a number of environmental issues including fish advisories for mercury and PCBs, excessive levels of nutrients, coal ash discharges and seeps, sewage overflows, sediment and stormwater problems, and run-off from concentrated animal feedlot operations.
Although the water in the lake is generally safe for recreational activities, public health officials generally discourage swimming in the lake within 48 hours of a major rain event, and after sewage spills. Information about sewage spills is generally publicized through the county health department websites, signs and local newsmedia. Additional information information is available at the following web sites:
- Lake Wylie Marine Commission - http://www.lakewyliemarinecommission.com/
NC Fish advisories - http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/oee/fish/advisories.html
SC Fish advisories - http://www.scdhec.gov/FoodSafety/FishConsumptionAdvisories/
NC Swimming Advisories - http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/rwq-swim-advisories-current
Mecklenburg County Swimming Advisories are posted with other news athttp://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/MediaRoom/PR/Pages/Default.aspx
SC Swimming Advisories -https://www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/Docs/swim_map.pdf
Map showing points of interest on Lake Wylie - https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zLX1O02cq39U.kgwiSTyABRhs
A large and active Lake Wylie Covekeeper group meets on the second Wednesday of each month.
Statistical information and links to Duke Energy information about the lakes can be found here -> Lakes
Video Tour of Lake Wylie
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PROTECT THE CATAWBA RIVER AND WATEREE RIVER, CLICK HERE.