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Lake Wylie


Lake Wylie

Town(s): Charlotte NC, Belmont NC, Tega Cay NC

Size: 13400 acres
Average Depth: 55 feet
Maximum Depth: 240 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, See Comments
Boating Comments: North Carolina state law requires all boaters under the age of 26 to successfully complete a NASBLA approved boating education course before operating any vessel propelled by a motor of 10 HP or greater. (G.S. 75A-16.2) There is no minimum age requirement for who can take the course. There is a minimum age requirement of 14 years old, for those who wish to operate a personal water craft (PWC) All boaters who are at least 14 years old but less than 16, may operate a PWC only if they are under the direct supervision of a person who is either 18 years of age or older; or if they have successfully completed an approved boating safety education course. Visit the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for more information. Visit the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for more information.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Lake Wylie is a reservoir, or man-made lake in the U.S. states of both South Carolina and North Carolina. The lake has a surface area of 13,400 acres and features 325 miles of shore line. In October 1960 the power station was renamed the Wylie Hydroelectric Station and the lake was renamed Lake Wylie, both in honor of W. Gil Wylie, one of the founders of the original Catawba Power Company that had created the lake and become Duke Power.  Lake Wylie's location on both the South Carolina and North Carolina borders makes it a common recreational destination for residents of nearby cities including Charlotte, Fort Mill, and Rock Hill. Duke Power manages six public boat access areas on the lake. There are also two towns that are located on Lake Wylie, including Tega Cay and Lake Wylie. The lake’s actual water level at full pond is 569.4 feet above mean sea level. Lake levels are reported with a normal full pond elevation of 100 feet. Lake Wylie’s target level is 97 feet, with a minimum level of 93 feet. Located under 20 miles from Uptown Charlotte, the Lake Wylie area is the place for fun in the sun. The area offers a mild, four season climate making it perfect for year-round adventures! Explore art, history, food, shopping, annual events and more.

Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fish Species: Bullheads, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, Channel Catfish, Yellow Bullhead, Bluegill, Golden Shiner

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments:
Parking Spaces: More than 40

Shoreline Development: 50-75%