Lake Bowen Permits and Agreements
Spartanburg Water has established a specific boat permitting fee structure that governs the use of Lake Bowen. These fees have been adopted to ensure that all users of Lake Bowen understand the permitting and fees for the use of Lake Bowen. Please read the Spartanburg Water Summary of Boat Permitting/Fee Structure before participating in any activities on Lake Bowen.
To purchase a boat permit for the first time, call the Lake Bowen Warden's office at (864) 592-2240 for instructions on what you need to bring with you to purchase a boat permit.
Spartanburg Water has developed a watershed approach to managing the environmental assets within 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 lakes, and to provide safe recreation for all users of the lake, Spartanburg Water has developed Lake Policies and Procedures, the Lake Blalock Buffer Management Plan and the Marine Structures Guidance Document.
Landowners adjoining Lake Bowen 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. Modifications to vegetation and any structure like dock replacements, boat lifts, walkways, etc., must go through the standard permitting procedure each time a project or modification is requested by the landowner.
Permits issued for the applied project will remain valid as long as the permittee remains the current addressee and does not violate any policies and procedures outlined in the Lake Bowen Application for Permit(s).