Lake Secession is located primarily in Abbeville County, though part of it spills into Anderson County as well. The 1,450-acre reservoir is the result of the construction of the Rocky River Dam by the Work Projects Administration (WPA) in 1940. According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the lake impounds six miles of the Rocky River and serves as storage for a 2.8 megawatt hydroelectric station.
Lake Secession is not completely utilitarian, however. With just over 52 miles of shore, it is also a popular recreation and fishing spot. Largemouth bass, bream, and catfish can be found within the lake, and Lake Secession is regarded as one of the Upstate’s best sources of black crappie.
Boats are allowed on the lake, and the City of Abbeville, which owns and maintains Lake Secession, provides two free boat ramps. The lake is a beloved destination for many, with a festive boat parade heralding each Fourth of July.
Lake Secession Info
Address: Old Dam Road, Abbeville, SC 29620
GPS Coordinates: 34.257810,-82.609407
Lake Secession Map
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Garry Reid says
Hi! Is there a site to go and see where the lake was down to river level about 10 years ago?
Shirley Petrucelli says
When are they going to start filling the lake?
John Piedlato says
Why has the lake been drained?
Eleanor Bass says
Do you have a boat ride and cook out on the 4th?