Fishing Creek Reservoir


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Is Your Boat’s Long Winter Nap Going Well?

BoatUS News

Date: 1/1/2023

SPRINGFIELD, VA., Jan. 24, 2022 – Storms have hammered the U.S., and many recreational boats are sleeping away the winter under a layer of ice and snow. If you store your boat outside and haven’t checked up on her lately, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has five tips for a midwinter

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What Every Boater Wants for the Holidays: 24/7 On-Water Assistance from TowBoatUS

BoatUS News

Date: 11/14/2022

Gadgets may make good holiday gifts. However, for a boater, having 24/7 on-the-water help just a call away is much better. Like belonging to an auto club for recreational boat owners, a BoatUS Unlimited Towing Membership provides professional on-water towing services by the TowBoatUS fleet - the nation’s largest

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What Did We Name Our Boats in 2022? Top 10 Boat Names List

BoatUS News

Date: 11/11/2022

Now that recreational boating is coming to a close in much of the country, BoatUS takes a look back at the Top 10 boat names ordered this season through its online boat graphics service and provides some commentary. Andiamo: Meaning “let’s go / we go / come on” in Italian, Andiamo remains in the

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Boat Winterizing Truth or Myth? Test Your Knowledge

BoatUS News

Date: 11/1/2022

Recreational boat owners are preparing their boats for a long winter’s nap, but sugarplums aren’t dancing in their heads. What may keep them up at night is hoping cold temperatures won’t damage their boats. Freshwater expands in volume by about 9% when it freezes and can push outward with a force of

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3 Boating Safety Tips Just Right for Fall Boating

BoatUS News

Date: 10/1/2022

Fall boating season has arrived, and with it come different types of risks that cold water and air temperatures bring. Here are three boating safety tips from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water just right for leaf peeping season. A float plan is needed: A float plan is as simple as telling a

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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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