"A Real Lake" Lake Wylie by etfromnc

Lake Wylie Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 0 photos


In many towns, and even more so in cities, with bodies of water in their name, you are hard pressed to find the water but if you go looking for Lake Wylie, you may spend your entire time on the water and as an afterthought ask, "You said Lake Wylie was a town. Where is it?" There actually is a town but the lake is much older and a lot more fun.

I first met Lake Wylie as a camper while in the Boy Scouts. Where the scout camp used to be are half-a-million dollar homes now. They should have kept it as a camp.

US Hwy 49 S will take you from Charlotte to Lake Wylie and one of the most famous bridges in our area, especially considering the fact that there is not really anything spectacular about the bridge itself. There are no waterfalls, ravines, nor gorges. Just an old bridge that about 30,000 vehicles cross daily (which really isn't all that many). But, I will bet you, and I am not a gambler that if you ask anyone in the Upstate of South Carolina or Piedmont North Carolina to name some bridges, Buster Boyd will be early on their list. Or ask anyone in our area where Buster Boyd Bridge is and they WILL be able to tell you, or they aren't from around these parts. Be careful! They might be Yankees. ;-)

Lake Wylie was created by the damming of the Catawba River in 1904. (I cannot believe that I missed her birthday party last year.) Lake Norman is just a baby by comparison, but a very large baby. Lake Wylie was usually referred to as "The Lake," "The Catawba," or even just "The River" until sometime early in the 1960s when it was officially named for Dr. Gill Wylie, a physician, personal friend, and business associate of Buck Duke, the founder of Duke Power Co and thus the man who is responsible (directly or indirectly) for most of the manmade lakes in central and western North Carolina.

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Something just over 20,000 people live there.

There are 12,455 acres of water so if the inhabitants spread out they can have almost 2/3 of an acre of water each. But go out there on just about amy weekend and you will think that all 20,000 people want the acre that you are using.

There are 325 miles of shoreline in both North and South Carolina.

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  • In a nutshell:Living there has been described as like being on vacation every day.
  • Last visit to Lake Wylie: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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