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Wylie Lake, SC

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Lake Size: 13,400 acres
Shoreline Length (Miles): 325 mi (523 km)
Latitude: 35.085806
Longitude: -81.058583
Lake Management: Duke Power Company

Information: The man-made lake was first formed when the Catawba Power Company built the Catawba Dam and Power Plant near India Hook, South Carolina in 1904. This dam impounded the Catawba River and created Lake Catawba, which was utilized to create hydro-electric power. In 1905 the Catawba Power Company became part of the Southern Power Company. In 1924 the Southern Power Company raised the level of the dam and a built a new Catawba Hydroelectric Station to replace the original. This new facility opened in August 1925, increasing the surface area of Lake Catawba from 668 acres (2.7 km2) to 13,400 acres (54 km2). The Southern Power Company was merged with Duke Power Company in 1927. In October 1960 the power station was renamed the Wylie Hydroelectric Station and the lake was renamed Lake Wylie, both in honor of Dr. Walker Gill Wylie, one of the founders of the original Catawba Power Company that had created the lake and become Duke Power.
  
  • Miscellaneous Info
Lake Wylie is one of eleven lakes on the Catawba River and is the second oldest lake in the Catawba River Chain which is a chain of lakes that's operated as a system, with water being moved around each lake on the chain system through Duke Power. The lake has a surface area of approximately 13,443 acres (54 km2) with 325 miles (523 km) of shoreline, and stretches from the Mountain Island Dam, south of Mountain Island Lake in North Carolina to the Wylie Dam on the south end of the lake. The average depth of the lake is just over twenty feet.
 



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