Lake Moultrie is the third largest lake in
South Carolina covering
over 60,000 acres (240 km2).
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Lake Moultrie (bottom right) and
Lake Marion (top) from space
Lake Moultrie is located in Berkeley County, South Carolina, is fed by
Lake Marion through a diversion canal. Nearby towns include Moncks
Corner, Bonneau, Cross, and St. Stephen.
Lake Moultrie was created in the early 1940s by the South Carolina
Public Service Authority. Its effluent is the Cooper River, and it is
dammed by the Pinopolis Dam. It covers about 60,000 acres
(240 km2). It was named for Governor William Moultrie.
Lake Moultrie offers a varied fishing environment. There are shallow
swamps, black water ponds, thousands of tree stumps and live cypress
trees, as well as large open areas of water. This lake does not form
ice in winter months. A world record
Channel Catfish weighing
58 lb (26 kg). was caught from this lake. The lake also
holds the state record for
Black Crappie (5 lbs).
On September 16, 2007, 59-year-old Bill Hedden was snorkeling in the
lake when he was attacked by a 12-foot (3.7 m), 600 lb
(270 kg) alligator, which ripped off his left arm. Five nurses
who were at a picnic nearby were able to stop the bleeding until help
arrived. The alligator was killed and the arm recovered, but doctors
at the Medical University of
South Carolina were not able to reattach
In September 2010, Maryellen Mara-Christian, a 48-year-old former bank
marketing officer from Fitchburg, Mass., bagged a 13½-foot
1,025-pound alligator in
Lake Moultrie. It took about two hours to
secure the gator.
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^ AAA Map: "North and South Carolina"
Lake Moultrie, South Carolina". SCIway.net. Retrieved
^ "History of The Santee Cooper Lakes". American Publishing. 1997.
^ "Freshwater Fish Records for South Carolina". South Carolina
Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
^ CNN. "Report: Nurses on picnic help man after gator bites off