Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie Boat

There may not be a beach around, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun on the water.

In 1904, a dam was constructed on the Catawba River, which created the artificial lake, Lake Wylie. Today, water enthusiasts from all over the area reap the benefits.

The 12,455-acre lake is a haven for boaters, water skiers, knee-boarders, jet skiers and just about anyone else who lives for aquatic recreation.

Lake Wylie is one of the main reasons the City of Tega Cay exists.

Founded in the 1970s as a resort community, Tega Cay sits on a peninsula jutting out into the lake and today is home to two marinas: Tega Cay Marina and Niven's Creek Marina.

Tega Cay Marina features 200 boat slips for docking, a marina store and a boat repair facility. Niven's Creek marina, also known as Hidden Harbor, can presently dock 55 boats and may soon be expanded.

The lake's busy season runs from April to September every year, as boaters from around the region come to enjoy Carolina weather on the water.

Among the myriad of activities you might see on Lake Wylie are wakeboarding, sailing, tubing and barefoot water skiing.

Fishing is another popular pastime on Lake Wylie and other area waterways. Fort Mill Mayor Charlie Powers proudly declares that the Catawba River provides "the best fishing there is."

Fishing licenses can be purchased at Riverstop Bait & Tackle and J & M Village Mart in Fort Mill, or at the BP gas station in Tega Cay. Cost is $10.