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Hunting, Fishing Day Sept. 21 in South Carolina

Hunting, Fishing Day Sept. 21

The World of Energy, located next to the Oconee Nuclear Station on Lake Keowee off Highway 130 about five miles north of Seneca, will host the seventh annual National Hunting and Fishing Day, “Free Outdoor Family Adventure,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21.

Learn to kayak, practice shooting bows and arrows, enjoy lake fishing and test your fly-tying skills, in addition to other hands-on activities.

All activities and parking are free; gear will be provided. A shuttle service will be provided from the marked parking area off S.C. 130. Bring picnic lunch or purchase food from a vendor.

For more information, call 800-777-1004.

Wakeboard Nationals Sept. 27-29

The 15th USA Wakeboard Nationals will be held Sept. 27-29 on Lake Wylie at Ebenezer Park.

A $15,000 cash-prize purse is being offered for the Pro Men and Pro Women divisions. The USA Wakeboard Nationals is open to men and women of all ages and all levels of riding. The Nationals are made up of 11 divisions, including Pro Men, Pro Women and Wakeskate.

USA Wakeboard will hold Nationals with assistance from the Rock Hill/ York County CVB and the Carolina Show Ski team, with sanctioning provided by USA Water Ski. A USA Water Ski membership is required for all events. Membership and registration information available at

Join Riversweep Oct. 5

The 12th annual Lake Wylie Riversweep, organized by the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Lake Wylie Covekeepers and Lake Wylie Marine Commission, will be held Oct. 5.

Registration is open to help keep the shoreline of Lake Wylie and the Catawba River.

There are 14 volunteer sites around the lake with the addition of Catawba Yacht Club in Mecklenburg County. Recycling for eligible materials such as plastics, aluminum and tires is available.

Event planners say the cleanup is focused on volunteers taking ownership of the shoreline conditions in their lakeside neighborhoods, including the streams and creeks that feed into the lake.

“We hope to encourage people to go to a volunteer site that’s convenient to where they live, and in doing so, increase overall participation,” says Joe Stowe, executive director of the Lake Wylie Marine Commission.

To register, visit

Benefit fishing tourney Oct. 19

A benefit fishing tournament will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at Buster Boyd Access Area.

Proceeds will help with medical expenses for 1-year-old Bo Brown’s family. Bo was diagnosed July 2 with Encephalitis and a traumatic brain injury. He is the nephew of Jeff Brown of Lake Wylie.

Cost is $100 per boat. Sign-ups run 5-6:45 a.m. Cash payout awarded to first four top finishers with $1,000 for first place.

Raffle tickets will be sold for additional prizes; each participant receives one ticket.

The event is hosted by Lake Wylie Bait & Tackle, and sponsored by Pleasant Hill Presbyterian/Relevant Church, Lake Wylie Tax and Sterling Source Inc.

For tournament questions, to become a sponsor or make a donation, email

Boater safety course offered

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 26-02 offers About Boating Safely Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every third Saturday, except December.

Cost is $35 for first family member and $10 for each additional family member.

For more information, call 704-576-0821.

Scuba club dives into events

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

Renew S.C. hunting, fishing license

South Carolina hunting and fishing license sales for 2013-2014 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 866-714-3611 or by visiting

Residents and nonresidents 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 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.


meet monthly

The Covekeepers, volunteers who work with Catawba Riverkeepers, meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at T-Bones on the Lake.

The public is invited. For more information or to report water issue concerns, visit

Water emergency team needs volunteers

The York County Emergency Response Team is seeking volunteers to join the team.

The team does water-related search, rescue and recovery, swift water rescue, low-angle rope rescue and search for missing people.

Scuba divers and non-divers are needed. Visit to find out more.

For more information, call 803-372-7593.

Marine group meets monthly throughout area

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 more information and meeting location, visit