Lake Wateree – Lake Wateree, South Carolina


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Lake Wateree is a 13,250-acre lake reaching Kershaw, Fairfield, and Lancaster Counties. In the early twentieth century innovator James Buchanon Duke envisioned a future of hydroelectric power for the state of South Carolina, and in 1919 he saw to the building of the Wateree Hydro Station on the Wateree River. By 1920 the river was dammed to form Lake Wateree, and Duke’s idea became a reality. The lake is owned and maintained by Duke Energy today.

Lake Wateree

Barry Gooch of Port Royal, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Though the purpose of the lake is utilitarian, it still provides residents with recreational opportunities. A bird refuge exists with the 242 miles of shoreline, at least five marinas provide access for boating, and Lake Wateree State Park offers visitors pristine camping sites as well as prime fishing spots.

Wateree Generating Station

Barry Gooch of Port Royal 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

It is not unusual to see people enjoying an afternoon on the water or even making a day out of the water station itself. Lake Wateree provides water-lovers a place to relax and play, even while the lake itself is hard at work.

Lake Wateree Kershaw County

Jo A. Bering of Florence, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Lake Wateree


Contributor Jo A. Bering shares with us, “My husband and I LOVE Lake Wateree – it is truly a hidden treasure. We often get on our boat go to one of the islands and spend the day playing in the water, fishing, and enjoying the sights and sounds of this beautiful lake. It is our weekly stress relief.”

Add your own reflections here.

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Lake Wateree – Add Info and More Photos


The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Lake Wateree, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!


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