Lake Bowen and Lake Blalock Parks and other public areas reopening announced

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Spartanburg Water recently reopened the public spaces at Lake Bowen Park and Lake Blalock Park following guidelines established to protect public health.

To allow for proper safety protocols, Lake Bowen Park will be operating at a reduced capacity and the maximum allowed capacity of 75 within Anchor Park and 100 around the outer perimeter shoreline has been posted. Spartanburg Water staff will be monitoring the total number of occupants to help protect the health of our visitors. Once capacity has been reached, you may be asked to return at a later time.

Areas reopening to the public at Lake Bowen Park include: the Anchor Park playground, picnic shelters with a reduced number of picnic tables, park restrooms, and shoreline fishing areas inside the park. Public fishing areas located on Rainbow Lake Road, River Oak Road, Edwards Road and the fishing pier located on Compton Bridge Road have also been reopened.

There will be parking at Lake Bowen for vehicles with watercraft trailers, and a more limited number of parking spaces designated for those without trailers on weekends and holidays. Visiting to drive through the park is currently prohibited.

Those visiting Lake Blalock Park will have access to the park for walking, as well as use of the fishing pier, picnic shelters with a reduced number of picnic tables and the park restrooms. The fishing area located on Parris Bridge Road has been reopened.

The gates at both parks are open from 6 a.m. to midnight.

In accordance with CDC recommendations, Spartanburg Water continues to encourage and implement social distancing. Please be mindful of this, as signs have been posted in all areas and the fishing piers have been marked reminding visitors to keep proper distance while recreating. We also encourage you to bring and use masks and hand sanitizer.

“Reopening our public spaces at both parks in a phased approach has allowed us to implement the plans we need to help keep our park visitors safe,” said Robert Walden, Chief Operations Officer. “We are confident that with the safety guidelines we have established and the enhanced awareness in our community of the importance of social distancing, our parks can now welcome additional visitors. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and compliance with the guidelines set forth.”

To reach the Lake Bowen Warden’s Office, please call: (864) 592-2240; Lake Blalock Warden’s Office: (864) 578-5442; and for emergency assistance, please dial 911 first, then call our Lake Warden Emergency Number at (864) 578-2764.