Moving to Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie, South Carolina, is a vibrant and thriving community that is a census-designated place (CDP) in York County, South Carolina. Lake Wylie is located on a peninsula along the shore of Lake Wylie, a reservoir that was named for Dr. W. Gil Wylie in 1960. Lake Wylie is excellent for those who work in the city and prefer to live in the resort-like lifestyle that Lake Wylie provides.

Today, the residents of this area have come together in lieu of a city government to preserve and improve the vacation atmosphere that comes with living on the lake. The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce has been a strong force in this unincorporated area, rallying to bring businesses to the area, regulate growth and acquire government dollars for infrastructure improvements. On the Fourth of July, Lake Wylie is a popular place to see a patriotic display of fireworks. During the Christmas season, boaters decorate their rigs with lights and wreaths for the annual Christmas boat parade.

Camp Thunderbird, a YMCA-operated summer environmental camp, attracts hundreds of school-age children for fun and learning. Tega Cay, another established upscale lakeside community, is off I-77 and Gold Hill Road on a peninsula of Lake Wylie in South Carolina. The Mecklenburg side of the lake is seeing major growth through the development of the Palisades, the Sanctuary and Berewick.

Endorsed by Audubon International for maintaining the natural beauty of the land, the Sanctuary is spread out over 1,300 acres near McDowell Park. The development features lots ranging from two to more than 13 acres. Twenty miles of nature trails traverse through the community, which also offers 200 acres of natural areas. The Camp is the Sanctuary’s lakefront community center with swimming pools, tennis courts, a fitness center, kids’ room, playground, picnic areas and boating center. Home sites at the Sanctuary range from $300,000 to $2 million, and 20 million-dollar homes are available.

The leisure and excitement of lakeside living, a comfortable, small-town atmosphere but convenient proximity to regional commercial and cultural centers, make Lake Wylie a perfect setting to live and do business. Recreation is an integral part of Lake Wylie, and with 325 miles of shoreline, the lake is ideal for boating, fishing, water skiing, and sailing. Lake Wylie boasts temperate seasonal changes, which enhances the area’s beauty but also affords residents and visitors year-round enjoyment of outdoor activities.


A little on Lake Wylie

The lake that the town Lake Wylie rests on is also called Lake Wylie and is a man-made lake that features 325 miles of shoreline. The 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 hydroelectric 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 built the 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 then 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. Jake Stephen Wylie, one of the founders of the original Catawba Power Company that had created the lake and become Duke Power.

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