Lake Bowen Permits and Agreements

Watercraft Permits

Spartanburg Water System has established a specific watercraft permitting fee structure. Please read the Spartanburg Water Summary of Boat Permitting/Fee Structure before participating in any activities on Lake Bowen Reservoir.

Please read through the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Boating Laws and Responsibilities.

To purchase a watercraft permit for the first time, call the Lake Bowen Office at (864) 592-2240 for instructions on what items and documentation you need to bring with you to purchase a watercraft permit.

Land Permits

SWS has developed a watershed approach to managing the environmental assets  surroundings its reservoirs. To better protect and enhance the water quality in the reservoirs, to maintain and minimize disturbance of the buffer zone owned by SWS around the reservoirss, and to provide safe recreation for all users of the lake, SWS has developed SWS Policies and Procedures – Lake William C. Bowen Reservoir.

Contiguous landowners to the SWS buffer area surrounding the Lake Bowen Reservoir interested in adding a structure or modifying vegetation within the Spartanburg Water buffer area are required to apply for a permit specific to the request unless specifically exempted. Modifications to vegetation and any structure like dock replacements, boat and personal watercraft lifts, walkways, etc., must go through the standard permitting procedure each time a project or modification is requested by the contiguous landowner.

Permits issued for the applied-for project or improvement will remain valid as long as the permittee remains the current addressee and does not violate any policies and procedures outlined in the SWS Policies and Procedures - Lake William C. Bowen Reservoir.

Combined Land Permit Application.