Lake Bowen Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the "oxygenation system" in Lake Bowen?

A. Spartanburg Water added a new technology, called oxygenation, to its toolbox in 2016 to support the drinking water for our community serving 180,000 people in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties.

The reservoirs utilized by Spartanburg Water had an episode of high MIB levels in Fall 2015 and until Spartanburg Water applied an environmentally friendly algaecide that dropped the levels back down to zero.

Adding additional oxygen to the drinking water reservoirs, Lake Bowen and Municipal Reservoir Number 1, enhanced the balance of the ecosystem. The improvements to the oxygen levels provides a number of benefits, such as more fish and healthier algal growth.

Q. Do adults have to wear personal flotation devices at all times in a boat at Lake Bowen?

A. All boats must have a US Coast Guard approved wearable type PFD for each person on board or being towed. Each PFD must be in good condition, readily available and the proper size for the intended wearer. In addition, boats 16 feet in length or longer must carry a Type IV throwable device. In South Carolina, any person under twelve years of age must wear a US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD when on board a class "A" (less than 16 ft. long) boat.

Q. Can my teen drive my boat if he/she doesn't have a valid driver's license?
In South Carolina, boat operators under age 16 must complete a boating course approved by the SCDNR to operate a boat or personal watercraft with a 15 h.p. motor or greater, unless accompanied by an adult age 18 years or older.