Portion of trail opens along river
ROCK HILL The Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Indian Nation held a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 17 for the opening of the Catawba Nation Greenway Trail, a 1.6-mile natural surface path on the reservation off 1536 Tom Stevens Road.
The new Catawba Nation Greenway Trail is one of three trails open to the public on the reservation. This 1.6-mile segment of the Carolina Thread Trail parallels the Catawba River, following a well-traveled route used by the earliest inhabitants of South Carolina. A section of trail features interpretive signage as well as a Catawba dwelling, a bark house, dugout trees, story circle and active archeological dig. The trails are free and open during daylight hours.
Catfish club tourney coming to Wylie
The 2014-15 Catawba Catfish Club season includes:
• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 18, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area
• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 22, Fishing Creek Reservoir, U.S. 21 Access
• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 13, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area
• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 10, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park
• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 21, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area
• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. March 14, Fishing Creek Reservoir, U.S. 21 Access
• 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 11, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park
• 6 a.m.-3 p.m. May 9, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area
Weigh-ins are at 3:30 p.m. each day, and open to spectators. For more information, visit catawbacatfishclub.com/.
Boat captains sought for Riversweep
LAKE WYLIE Boat captains are wanted for Lake Wylie’s Riversweep Oct. 4, organized by the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.
Last year there were 50 boat captains and 859 volunteers. Many volunteers assisted at the 14 sites around the lake, but with more boats, coverage will grow.
Online registration for Riversweep is open. Email email@example.com for more information.
LAKE WYLIE To report environmental problems along the Catawba River, call:
• Buffer violations: York County Planning & Development, 803-909-7240.
• Stormwater/erosion violations: York County Environmental Compliance, 803-909-7157.
Life jackets available
LAKE WYLIE A life jacket loaner kiosk is open at Buster Boyd Access Area.
The kiosk, an effort of Duke Energy and Coast Guard Auxiliary Lake Wylie, provides adult and child life jackets that visitors can borrow free for a day on the water.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, about 85 percent of those who drowned in 2012 were not wearing life jackets.
Duke Energy has helped sponsor 11 life jacket loaner kiosks in the Carolinas and is looking for sponsors to help fund the construction of additional kiosks, along with donations for life jackets.
Marine group meets monthly
LAKE WYLIE Lake Wylie Marine Commission meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at various locations in York, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties. The public is invited. For information and meeting locations, visit lakewyliemarinecommission.com.
Fishing, hunting licenses on sale
COLUMBIA License sales for 2014-2015 hunting and fishing licenses have begun.
Licenses are available in person at any of the four regional S.C. Department of Natural Resources offices or by visiting one of the 500 license vendors across the state. Licenses also are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-866-714-3611 or by visiting the DNR website at dnr.sc.gov/purchase. Having a state issued identification ready and a current South Carolina hunting/fishing license with customer identification number will speed the purchase.
Residents and nonresidents age 16 and older must purchase the required licenses to hunt and fish in South Carolina. Anyone born after June 30, 1979, must have successfully completed a hunter education course prior to obtain a hunting license.
Hunting license applicants who do not have a hunter education certification may use a one-time exemption and apply for an annual Apprentice Hunting License. The apprentice hunter must be accompanied by a S.C. licensed hunter who is fully licensed, is at least 21 years of age, has not been convicted of a hunting or hunter education violation or received deferred adjudication of the same, and stays within a distance that enables uninterrupted, unaided, visual and oral communication with the apprentice hunter to provide adequate direction.
Lake info available on app
LAKE WYLIE Duke Energy has made its lake information smartphone friendly.
The site can be accessed on a smartphone at m.duke-energy.com. The default menu shows an option for Lakes and Recreation.
Duke Energy’s lake information websites – which include recreational water release schedules, lake levels and alerts – attract thousands of hits each month. The number rises steadily when heavy rainfall causes high water conditions at the lakes managed by the company.
In addition to accessing the new mobile-enabled website, boaters can check real-time lake levels and updates at duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp, and on Duke Energy’s lake information phone line at 800-829-5253.
Scuba club dives into events
FORT MILL The Carolina Scuba & Adventure Club meets monthly at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill. Club members will participate in beach cleanups, including an underwater cleanup. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dive team needs volunteers
YORK COUNTY The York County Emergency Response Team is seeking volunteers.
The team does water-related search, rescue and recovery, swift water rescue, low-angle rope rescue and searches for missing people.
Scuba divers and nondivers are needed. Visit yorkcountyert.com to find out more.
For more information, call 803-372-7593.