Lake Wateree

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Lake Wateree
Lake Wateree is located in South Carolina
Lake Wateree
Lake Wateree
Location within South Carolina
Location Kershaw / Fairfield / Lancaster counties, South Carolina, US
Coordinates 34°24′40″N 80°47′32″W / 34.41111°N 80.79222°W / 34.41111; -80.79222
Latitude and Longitude:

34°24′40″N 80°47′32″W / 34.41111°N 80.79222°W / 34.41111; -80.79222
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows Catawba River
Primary outflows Wateree River
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area13,864 acres (56.11 km2; 21.66 sq mi)
Average depth23 feet (7.0 m) [1]
Max. depth19.5 metres (64 ft) [1]
Residence time27 days
Shore length1181 miles (291 km)
Surface elevation226 feet (68.9 m)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Wateree is a 21 square miles (50 km2) reservoir in Kershaw, Fairfield, and Lancaster counties, South Carolina, in the United States. [2] It is one of South Carolina's oldest man-made lakes. It has 181 miles (291 km) of shoreline and includes Lake Wateree State Park, a bird refuge, and Shaw Air Force Base Recreation center. [3] Its name, like that of the river, recalls the now-extinct Wateree Native Americans, who lived in the area prior to European settlement.


The lake is surrounded by three of South Carolina's counties: Kershaw, Fairfield and Lancaster. It is about 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Columbia, east of I-77 just off SC 97.


Owned and managed by Duke Energy (formerly Duke Power), Lake Wateree was created in 1919 when the Wateree River was dammed. [4] The Wateree Hydro Station produces 56 megawatts of electricity. [5] This created a lake of nearly 14,000 acres (57 km2) with 190 miles (310 km) of shoreline touching three counties. [6] The lake is an average of 23 feet (7.0 m) deep with an estimated volume of 1.35×1010 cubic feet (3.82×108 m3). [1]


Lake Wateree is another South Carolina lake known for its great fishing and bountiful wildlife. The fish include Largemouth Bass, Striped bass, White Perch, White bass, Crappie, Channel catfish, Arkansas Blue Catfish, Shellcrackers, Bream.

Other wildlife that call Lake Wateree home include deer, fox, squirrel, turtle, dove, turkey, alligator, and various species of duck, hawk, eagle, egret, Heron and osprey.

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Document Display | NEPIS | US EPA". Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  2. ^ Catawba-Wateree Comprehensive Relicensing Agreement
  3. ^ Lake Wateree Information
  4. ^ Lake Wateree, South Carolina SC
  5. ^ "Wateree Hydro Station - Duke Energy". Archived from the original on 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2007-12-08.
  6. ^ History of Lake Wateree, South Carolina

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