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Lake Wylie-Beaver Dam Creek Watershed
Location description: Southwestern edge of Mecklenburg County

A unique creek/lake: Lake Wylie is the largest individual watershed along the Carolinas’ Catawba River chain. Lake is named for Dr. Gil Wylie, founder of the Catawba Power Company, now known as Duke Energy.

Approximate square miles of land: 19.67 square miles

Estimated population of this watershed:

1990

2000

2010

2,913

4,687

13,481


Lake Wylie/Beaverdam Creek vicinity map  Drains into: Lake Wylie / Catawba River Watershed

Creeks and named tributaries in the watershed: Beaver Dam Creek, Beaver Dam Creek Tributary, Catawba River Tributary #1, Little Paw Creek, Stowe Branch

Miles of perennial streams (always have water): 29.166

Impaired lake/river: Catawba River/Lake Wylie from Mountain Island Dam to I-85 due to low pH. Catawba River/Lake Wylie from Paw Creek to state line due to copper and high water temperatures.

Number of structures (800 square feet or larger) in the regulated floodplain: 102 buildings are located in the floodplain
Land Use:

Woods

Bare

Residential

Institutional

Industrial

Commercial

Water

Roads

52.5%

11.3%

19.5%

0.3%

2.0%

0.6%

12.9%

0.9%


Lake Wylie  Landmarks: McDowell Park and Nature Preserve,

Larger neighborhoods: Palisades, The Sanctuary, Berewick, Planter's Walk 

Zip code: 28278

Schools:

Name

Address

Winget Park Elementary

12235 Winget Rd


Large public parks/greenways:

Name

Address

CAPPS COMMUNITY PARK

YOUNGBLOOD RD

COPPERHEAD ISLAND

15200 SOLDIER RD

MCDOWELL NATURE PRESERVE

15222 YORK RD

T. M. WINGET REGIONAL PARK

12025 WINGET RD


Lake Wylie/Beaverdam Creek


Familiar sites in this watershed:

Beaver Dam Creek
Beaver Dam Creek 

   

McDowell Nature Preserve sign
McDowell Nature Preserve sign 

Copperhead Island boat launch
Copperhead Island boat launch

   

Aerial of Lake Wylie
Lake Wylie and Buster Boyd Bridge