Outdoors & Adventure

How to Plan a Day on Lake Wylie

Spend the day exploring this man-made reservoir by boat and relaxing amidst some epic lake views.

Named for Dr. W. Gil Wylie in 1960, Lake Wylie is nestled between the South Point Township of North Carolina and South Carolina’s Tega Cay, Rock Hill and Fort Mill areas. Like its sister body of water Lake Norman, this man-made reservoir provides ample things to do including family activities, boat rides and divine bars and eateries. Make your way down to Lake Wylie to explore the local way, grab a bite to eat at various restaurants, or just take in the beauty of the marina.

Explore Like a Local

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Want to make the most of your day exploring Lake Wylie like a native? Get your feet wet with a plethora of things to do at Copperhead Island, a 14-acre park with direct boating access to the lake. It features four boat ramps, fishing piers, trails, kayaking, a picnic shelter, and other outdoor activities like beach volleyball and horseshoes. Or grab your friends to take in the breathtaking lake views with Lake Wylie Boat Rentals.

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Just across the water is the Buster Boyd area, a bustling boat landing and waterfront. The landing features unique shops and epic land and sea activities on the lake including the eclectic Sweet Repeat Thrift Store and Lake Wylie Bowl n’ Bounce. Head to the latter for bowling and bouncing fun that’s perfect for all ages. Stick around for the Lake Wylie Tournament Trails, an action-packed fishing tournament occurring every Thursday from April to August.

Grab a Bite on Land or Lake

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Buster Boyd Bridgeprovides a diverse selection of lakeside eateries. Start your day on the lake with a stop at Bagel Boat for bagels, sandwiches and specialty drinks including the best coffee on the lake four years and counting. Experience bold flavors at the lauded Rey Azteca after a long day on the water. Opened in 2001 by the Garcia family, Rey Azteca is Lake Wylie’s go-to for authentic Mexican cuisine including the best fajitas on the lake. Or head over to Cherry Sushi Bar for flavorful sushi and fan-favorites like General Tso’s chicken and Beef with Broccoli.

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Keep the party going with great brews and cocktails at Copper Premium Pub. Or head down to Sweetwater Sports Bar & Grill, a family-friendly grub spot with signature American cuisine and bingo nights. If you have a taste for seafood, look no further than Papa Doc’s Shore Club. Complete with fried fish and shrimp plates, seafood boil options and even brunch, this lakeside restaurant is truly a seafood lover’s paradise.

If you’re feeling a little more sophisticated, head to The Shore Club at Tega Cay for delicious banquet-style dining next to captivating lake views. Have a sweet tooth? End your day at Fast Frog Bakery and Cakes for cupcakes, muffins, cookies and other sweet treats.

Sit Back and Relax

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If you’re looking to see the beauty of the lake, Lake Wylie has several options to take in those scenic views. Ebenezer Park and Pitcairn Park feature activities of all kinds, including active lake activities or serene walking trails that capture the essence of nature that the lake has to offer. Or plan a trip to the picturesque McDowell Nature Center and Preserve, which offers over 56 reservable campgrounds and 7 miles of walkable hiking trails.

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For those wanting to stretch their sea legs, mosey down to the Pier 88 Yacht Club where you can rent a boat with friends, explore the gift shop or have a bite at their lakeside restaurant.