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Explore Lake Wylie This Weekend

If you’re looking for a getaway not too far from the Queen City, Lake Wylie is the perfect location! Explore the town’s history, food, outdoor activities, shopping and much more.

Welcome To Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie borders North and South Carolina, providing easy access for residents in Charlotte, Fort Mill, Tega Cay and Rock Hill. This man-made lake was formed in 1904 and has 325 miles of shoreline. After several changes in power companies and raises in the level of the dam, the lake was renamed Lake Wylie in 1960. The town of Lake Wylie has a population of approximately 8,000 residents. The real draw of this area is the lake, so it’s worth packing a picnic, your sunscreen and even your tennis shoes and spending some time exploring nature in South Carolina while still feeling like you’re close to Charlotte. 

What To Do On Water

Public boat ramps are available at Allison Creek and Nivens Creek for motorized boats, kayaks and canoes, which can be rented at Tailrace Marina. Allison Creek has a fishing pier perfect for casting a line while Nivens Creek offers a wonderful shoreline for swimming and relaxing. The waterfront deck at McDowell Nature Preserve also offers prime fishing, as do the banks of Copperhead Island.

What To Do On Land

If water activities aren’t your thing, McDowell Park and Copperhead Island offer a variety of land activities including a beach volleyball court, picnic areas, seven miles of trails and a 56-site campground. Copperhead Island can be rented for overnight camping and the picnic areas can be reserved for group gatherings, so grab your gear and head over for some quality family time. Or, check out Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce offering 16 lanes for bowling, a bounce house area, laser tag as well as food and beverages. And don’t ‘fore’get the two private golf courses in the area, the Palisades Golf Course and River Hills Country Club, both worth playing for their design and beauty.

Where To Eat

Just across the Buster Boyd Bridge, T-Bones on the Lake is a waterfront steakhouse and arguably the most popular place to eat on the water with stunning sunset views on the lake. Rey Azteca offers authentic Mexican food with quick service and a fun atmosphere. If you’re looking for something more casual, Sweetwater Sports Bar & Grill has bar food with a little flair, along with a large offering of craft beer. For an Italian craving, check out Lake Wylie Pizza and Italian Restaurant. Or stop for a quick bite at The Bagel Boat for bagels, coffee or frozen yogurt.


This article ran in the July 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.

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