Fishing Creek Reservoir


Lake Level
97.75 FEET
Full Pool: 100.0
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Water Resources Outlook (February 2019)

Todd Hamill

Date: 2/7/2019

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Want a boat dock on Lake Lanier? Live at Bay Pointe!

Patsy Mercer

Date: 1/8/2019

Before buying a lot or building a new home on Lake Lanier, first find out if the land comes with a boat dock. Because if it doesn’t, your chances of securing a new dock permit are slim to none. Lake Lanier already is at its maximum number of boat docks at a little over 10,600. Before that limit could be

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Water Resources Outlook (November 2017)

National Weather Service

Date: 11/16/2017

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Water Resources Outlook (October 2017)

National Weather Service

Date: 10/24/2017

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Water Resources Outlook (September 2017)

NWS Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 9/26/2017

Water Resources Outlook (September

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• River: Catawba River
• Length: 85 Miles
• Surface Area: 3,431 Acres
• Volume: 59,992 Acre Feet
• Average Depth: 24 Feet
• Maximum Depth: 100 feet
About the Lake

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.

Public Access

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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