About Lake Wylie
Wylie stretches 32 miles from the Mountain Island Dam in Mecklenburg
County, North Carolina to the Wylie Dam in York
County, South Carolina.
It is a popular recreation area for Charlotte,
North Carolina residents, as well as for residents of Fort Mill and
Rock Hill in South Carolina. Six boat access areas -one each leased
to Mecklenburg and York counties - are provided by Duke
Energy. In addition, the public enjoys lake access at the Daniel
Stowe Botanical Gardens and the McDowell
here for a map. For additional relocation
information, you can also contact the Charlotte-Mecklenburg
County or York
County Chambers of Commerce.
At a Glance:
- 325 miles of shoreline along the borders of both North and South
- 12,455 surface acres of water
- 94 feet deep at maximum depth (the average depth is 23 feet)
- Actively governed by the Lake
Wylie Marine Commission
- 1904: Catawba Power Company,
co-founded by Dr. Walker Gill Wylie and his brother in 1900, erects
a dam and hydro-electric power station on the Catawba River at
India Hook, South Carolina. Catawba Lake, with a surface area of
668 acres, is created.
- 1905: Catawba Power Company
becomes part of Southern Power Company, which receives substantial
investment from James Buchanan Duke. The company is later known
as Duke Power Company.
- 1924: Southern Power Company
raises the dam and builds a new hydro-electric station. Surface
area of the lake increased to over 13,400 acres.
- 1960: The Catawba Dam and
Catawba Lake are renamed Wylie Dam and Lake Wylie after the original
founder of Catawba Power Company.
- 1987: Joint actions by
the Gaston and Mecklenburg County governments in North Carolina
and the York County Government in South Carolina create the Lake
Wylie Marine Commission. The Commission governs all activity
on the surface of the lake and the full-pond shoreline out to 1,000
feet. Seven members - two from each county in continual appointments,
and a rotating 3rd member from a represented county - serve three
year terms. Its mission is to preserve and protect water quality
and shoreline, promote public education and safety, and to protect
wildlife and the environment.