McDowell Nature Preserve staff are concerned more people are breaking the rules as temperatures heat up to the 100-degree mark. Swimming is not allowed at the preserve or nearby Copperhead Island.
“We have no swimming allowed here at all,” said Philip Kerr, maintenance and operations supervisor.
Years ago there was swimming there, but drownings and other unsafe conditions caused the Mecklenburg County facility to close all swimming. In addition to making swimming more enticing, warm weather can draw down water and expose more sand, which looks like beach area.
“We’ve got signs out there,” Kerr said, “but we’d need 100 signs to have one everywhere that somebody could go in.”
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Lake Wylie has one public swimming area at Ebenezer Park in Rock Hill. Tega Cay’s Windjammer Park allows swimming, but non-residents are required to get a permit from the city.