|Location||Kershaw / Fairfield / Lancaster counties, South Carolina, US|
|Primary inflows||Catawba River|
|Primary outflows||Wateree River|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||19 square miles (50 km2)|
|Average depth||23 feet (7.0 m) |
|Max. depth||19.5 metres (64 ft) |
|Residence time||27 days|
Lake Wateree is a 19 square miles (50 km2) reservoir in Kershaw, Fairfield, and Lancaster counties, South Carolina, in the United States. It is one of South Carolina's oldest man-made lakes. It has 242 miles (389 km) of shoreline and includes Lake Wateree State Park, a bird refuge, and Shaw Air Force Base Recreation center. Its name, like that of the river, recalls the now-extinct Wateree Native Americans, who lived in the area until dispossessed by European settlers.
Owned and managed by Duke Energy (formerly Duke Power), Lake Wateree was created in 1919 when the Wateree River was dammed. The Wateree Hydro Station produces 56 megawatts of electricity. This created a lake of nearly 14,000 acres (57 km2) with 190 miles (310 km) of shoreline touching three counties. The lake is an average of 23 feet (7.0 m) deep with an estimated volume of 1.35×1010 cubic feet (3.82×108 m3).
Lake Wateree is another South Carolina lake known for its great fishing and bountiful wildlife. The fish include Largemouth Bass, Striped bass, White Perch, White bass, Crappie, Channel catfish, Arkansas Blue Catfish, Shellcrackers, Bream.
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