Lake Wylie ________________________________________________________________________________________ First created in 1904, Lake Wylie is the oldest lake on the Catawba and the first power-generating lake along the river. It’s named after Dr. W. Gil Wylie who established the Catawba Power Company, the predecessor of Duke Power. In 1924, the Catawba Hydro Station near Fort Mill, S.C., was rebuilt, increasing the area of the lake to 13,443 acres and 325 miles of shoreline. Southwest of Charlotte, Lake Wylie spans the N.C./S.C. border. With many creeks that feed into it, the lake is hailed for its excellent fishing opportunities. In fact, the lake was chosen to host the Bassmaster Classic in 2004. McDowell Park, a 1,108-acre nature preserve along the shores of Lake Wylie, houses a nature center that features rare animals and plants. Its campground offers sites equipped with a grill, water and electricity as well as primitive sites. Also part of McDowell Park, Copperhead Island offers its own boat launch., fishing pier and primitive camping site.
Lake Wylie Public Access Areas Upper Section Allen Fishing Access Area—N/A South Point Access Area—919-715-3155 Stowe Botanical Garden—704-825-4990 Lower Section Copperhead Access Area—704-588-5224 Buster Boyd Access Area—N/A McDowell Park—704-588-5224 Lake Wylie Marina—803-831-2101 River Hills Marina—803-831-7286 Carolina Crossing Marina—704-588-5463 Allison Creek Access Area—N/A Nivens Creek Access Area—N/A Ebenezer Access Area—803-366-6620 Fort Mill Access Area—N/A Lake Club Marina—803-324-2232
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