Lake Wylie law enforcement units from York (SC), Gaston and Mecklenburg (NC) counties as well as the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, finally have a waterfront facility on Lake Wylie thanks to the persistence of the Lake Wylie Marine Commission and the collaboration and support of its public and private partners.
The center opened in 2009 near the main channel of Lake Wylie in York County. It is the result of several years of planning and effort by the Commission and the cooperation of Duke Energy, York County, South Carolina Department Natural Resources, lake law enforcement officers from both North and South Carolina and private partners.
The property is leased to the Marine Commission by Duke Energy and then subleased by the Commission to the York County Sherriff's Office and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. S.C. state funds offset the expense of grading and preparation of the 3-acre site. The donated modular office building provides office space for staff and there is a boathouse for law enforcement boats and other equipment storage and a boat ramp - all made possible by funding from York County.
The York County Sheriff's Office and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will have offices at the facility but since law enforcement units from both states routinely cooperate on lake safety and regulatory matters, the facility will be available to all lake law enforcement units.
The location gives officers easy access to high traffic areas including Big Allison and Little Allison creeks. Previously there was no place on the lake or near the lake for law enforcement officers to complete paper work or store boats and equipment for the quickest response. The presence of the center will drastically reduce response times to lake needs because officers will be sited there, and they will not need to travel from the lake back to the main office to complete paper work instead of being on the water or trailer equipment from another site to launch near the scene of an urgent or emergency need. They will also have a central location to safely secure boats and other equipment belonging to persons detained or injured on the lake.
The Lake Wylie Marine Commission is very grateful to all the partners who were so cooperative in seeing this collaboration across states and counties to a successful conclusion.