Lake Bowen or Lake William C. Bowen is a 1,534-acre (621 ha) reservoir[1] in northern Spartanburg County, South Carolina, 6 miles (10 km) from the North Carolina border. The Interstate 26 bridge crosses over Lake Bowen between exits 5 and 10 on Interstate 26. The lake stretches parallel to South Carolina Highway 11. It is the largest lake in Spartanburg County with 33 miles (53 km) of shoreline.[2] The lake is formed by the waters of the South Pacolet River[3] to serve as a public drinking water supply.[4] Rules and regulations were adopted for recreational activities like boating[5] and fishing.[6] There are picnic pavilions, boat ramps, and a playground near the lake. Fish from the lake is safe to eat.[7]

Lake Bowen
Waters of Lake Bowen.jpg
Sunset at Lake Bowen
Lake Bowen is located in South Carolina
Lake Bowen
Lake Bowen
Location within South Carolina
LocationSpartanburg County, South Carolina, United States
Coordinates35°06′43″N 82°02′30.9″W / 35.11194°N 82.041917°W / 35.11194; -82.041917Coordinates: 35°06′43″N 82°02′30.9″W / 35.11194°N 82.041917°W / 35.11194; -82.041917
Primary inflowsSouth Pacolet River
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area1,534 acres (621 ha)
Max. depth41 ft (12 m)[1]
Shore length133 miles (53 km)
Surface elevation815 ft (248 m)
SettlementsBoiling Springs, Inman, Chesnee
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.



  1. ^ a b "Limnological Conditions in Lake William C. Bowen" (PDF). U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Bathymetry of Lake William C. Bowen" (PDF). US DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Spartanburg Water, Upstate Forever partner to protect drinking water". GateHouse Media, Inc. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  4. ^ "GEOSMIN OCCURRENCE IN LAKE WILLIAM C. BOWEN". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Plan would raise 3 Bowen bridges". GateHouse Media, Inc. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Spartanburg Water System Policies and Procedures for Use of Water Supply Reservoirs" (PDF). Spartanburg Water. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Waterbodies with No Advisories; Eat as much fish as you would like from the following waterbodies:". South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Retrieved 10 April 2017.

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