A picture of Lake Moultrie from the southwest shore.
|Location||Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||60,000 acres (240 km2)|
Lake Moultrie was created in the early 1940s by the South Carolina Public Service Authority. Its effluent is the Cooper River, and it is dammed by the Pinopolis Dam. It covers about 60,000 acres (240 km2). It was named for Governor William Moultrie.
Lake Moultrie offers a varied fishing environment. There are shallow swamps, black water ponds, thousands of tree stumps and live cypress trees, as well as large open areas of water. This lake does not form ice in winter months. A world record Channel Catfish weighing 58 lb (26 kg). was caught from this lake. The lake also holds the state record for Black Crappie (5 lbs).
On September 16, 2007, 59-year-old Bill Hedden was snorkeling in the lake when he was attacked by a 12-foot (3.7 m), 600 lb (270 kg) alligator, which ripped off his left arm. Five nurses who were at a picnic nearby were able to stop the bleeding until help arrived. The alligator was killed and the arm recovered, but doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina were not able to reattach it. In September 2010, Maryellen Mara-Christian, a 48-year-old former bank marketing officer from Fitchburg, Mass., bagged a 13½-foot 1,025-pound alligator in Lake Moultrie. It took about two hours to secure the gator.
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- "History of The Santee Cooper Lakes". American Publishing. 1997. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
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- CNN. "Report: Nurses on picnic help man after gator bites off arm".