Fishing Creek ReservoirSOUTH CAROLINA
• River: Catawba River
• Length: 85 Miles
• Surface Area: 3,431 Acres
• Volume: 59,992 Acre Feet
• Average Depth: 24 Feet
• Maximum Depth: 100 feet
Fishing Creek Reservoir is located on the Catawba River approximately 9 miles southeast of Lancaster, SC. Considered a "run-of-the-river" lake, its size is approximately 3,431 surface acres with little storage capacity. Heavy amounts of floating debris are frequent and numerous shallow water areas can make boating hazardous. Therefore, extreme caution should be exercised.
Created in 1916, the reservoir provides hydroelectric power through Duke Energy's Fishing Creek Hydroelectric Station dam, known locally as the Nitrolee Dam. The lake also provides a dependable water supply for Chester County, South Carolina.
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Duke Energy owns and maintains Fishing Creek Reservoir.
Two boat access areas are provided on the lake by Duke Energy in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, (SC DNR).
Fishing the Reservoir
The SC DNR manages the lake for recreational fishing, maintaining fish attractors and stocking regularly. Popular sport fish on Fishing Creek Reservoir include black crappie, striped bass, largemouth bass, bream and catfish. For more information, see our Fishing page.
Protecting the Catawba River and Fishing Creek Reservoir
Three times since the year 2000, the Catawba River has been designated as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers...
Since 1998, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has advocated for the health, protection and enjoyment of the Catawba River watershed. Volunteers patrol the lakes, take water quality samples, respond to complaints about threats to the River, sponsor fundraising events, monitor the work of public bodies affecting the River, conduct lake cleanups, and advocate for greater protection of the lakes. For more information, visit their website at the link below.
South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources- Fishing Creek Reservoir, Oct-26-2014
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Oct-26-2014
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