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Lake Secession – Abbeville, South Carolina

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Lake Secession is located primarily in Abbeville County, though part of it spills into Anderson County as well. The 1,450-acre reservoir is the result of the construction of the Rocky River Dam by the Work Projects Administration (WPA) in 1940. According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the lake impounds six miles of the Rocky River and serves as storage for a 2.8 megawatt hydroelectric station.

Lake Secession Dam

Kathy Dickerson of Greenwood, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Lake Secession is not completely utilitarian, however. With just over 52 miles of shore, it is also a popular recreation and fishing spot. Largemouth bass, bream, and catfish can be found within the lake, and Lake Secession is regarded as one of the Upstate’s best sources of black crappie.

Lake Secession

William Thursby of Ware Shoals, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Boats are allowed on the lake, and the City of Abbeville, which owns and maintains Lake Secession, provides two free boat ramps. The lake is a beloved destination for many, with a festive boat parade heralding each Fourth of July.

Rocky River Dam

Kathy Dickerson of Greenwood, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Lake Secession Info

Address: Old Dam Road, Abbeville, SC 29620
GPS Coordinates: 34.257810,-82.609407

Lake Secession Map

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Lake Secession Info

Address: Old Dam Road, Abbeville, SC 29620
GPS Coordinates: 34.257810,-82.609407

Lake Secession Map

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4 Comments about Lake Secession

KyleNo Gravatar says:
September 30th, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Please refer to for updated event news.

Shirley PetrucelliNo Gravatar says:
January 31st, 2017 at 12:01 pm

When are they going to start filling the Lake????????

JOHN PIEDILATONo Gravatar says:
December 28th, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Why has the lake been drained?

Eleanor Bass says:
May 25th, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Do you have a boat ride and cook out on the 4th?

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