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December 17, 2010

Lake Wallace draw-down underway for repair of water control structure

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began drawing down the water levels of Lake Wallace near Bennettsville on Dec. 13. This is a result of a leak that developed in the main water control structure associated with the boating side of the lake. At this time, DNR has not yet been able to determine the full extent of the damage.

The boating side of the lake must be drained in order to complete a visual inspection of the structure and make any necessary repairs. DNR expects to keep the lake drained for a minimum of 8 to 12 weeks, depending on the true extent of the current damage.

The boat ramp and parking area on the boating side of Lake Wallace will remain closed during renovations. The fishing side of Lake Wallace will remain open to all fishing and boats with 10 hp motors or less during the renovations.

Lake Wallace is one of 19 state public fishing lakes maintained and managed by DNR. The public fishing lakes program provides over 1500 acres of fishing opportunity to parts of the state where little to no access currently exists.

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