Lake Wylie SC
Lake Wylie is a city located in South Carolina and boasts a population of 12,885. Lake Wylie is the oldest of seven man-made lakes created by Duke Power along the Catawba River to regulate water flow for hydroelectric power. Hundreds of years before the creation of Lake Wylie a Native American Indian tribe who called themselves the Catawba or “People of the River” occupied the surrounding area and the Catawba River takes its name from this Indian word.
The local economy shifted at the turn of the 19th century, from agricultural to industrial due to the construction of textile plants. Because these plants required electricity, in 1905 Dr. Walker Gill Wylie (a local doctor with an engineering back round) along with his brother and other engineers conceived a plan to construct a dam on the Catawba River. Wylie and his business partners formed the Catawba Power Company and built a hydro station, creating “Catawba Lake”. The dam was rebuilt and enlarged in 1924 which expanded the lake to its current size. Dr. Wylie and his brother incorporated the Catawba Power Company with financial backing from James “Buck” Duke. In 1960 “Catawba Lake” was created and renamed Lake Wylie after Dr. Walker Gill Wylie. Today there are six public boat access areas on the lake and two towns that are located on Lake Wylie, including Tega Cay and Lake Wylie.