Lake Wylie Sunrise – Tega Cay, South Carolina


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This picture taken from Tega Cay shows a peaceful sunrise over Lake Wylie. The lake is a reservoir created in 1904 when the Catawba Power Company dammed part of the Catawba River to create its hydroelectric power plant. The Catawba Power Company now operates as Duke Power Company, and Lake Wylie is named for Dr. Walker Gill Wylie, Chester native and founder of the Catawba Power Company.

Robert Watson of Tega Cay, 2006 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Though currently a South Carolina community, Lake Wylie sits along the North Carolina-South Carolina border, making it vulnerable to a new survey conducted in 1994 that puts in doubt the statehood of several properties. One woman’s home recently was discovered to actually rest in both states. The survey project has taken nearly two decades of research and is expected to be completed in 2014. Depending on the outcome, in the future we may have to footnote Lake Wylie as a former South Carolina landmark.

Reflections on Lake Wylie


Contributor Robert Watson shares his experience in capturing the above photo: “It was just a fantastic morning sunrise in early spring 2006 looking from Tega Cay toward the east. The Lake Wylie dam is in the left distance.”

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2 Comments about Lake Wylie Sunrise

KimmieNo Gravatar says:
August 31st, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Beautiful picture!

maryNo Gravatar says:
September 15th, 2010 at 6:49 am

It is so beautiful





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