About Our Lakes

SJWD’s lakes and ponds are beautiful, recreational assets that benefit Spartanburg County and the surrounding area. Each also has policies and regulations that must be followed. To learn more about those policies, click here.

Lake Cooley– Lake Cooley is a 330 acre, 1.7 billion gallon reservoir located on Jordan Creek. It was constructed to help with flood control. The lake feeds into the North Tyger River upstream of the North Tyger Reservoir located on Highway 29 in Wellford SC. Water is released from Lake Cooley for subsequent capture in the North Tyger Reservoir. There are two public fishing piers, two restroom facilities, a dual access boat ramp, and parking for approximately 50 vehicles and trailers. We also have a Pavilion and a shelter that are available for rent, along with two small shelters located closest to the water are free on a first come first served basis. To inquire about renting the Pavilion or Shelter or to check availability please call 864-439-4423. Boating is by permit only and permits can be obtained from our customer service department located at our SJWD Water District office on Highway 29 in Wellford SC. Permits can be obtained Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. We allow up to a 15 hp engine on a watercraft and up to a 30 hp engine on a pontoon boat. The fee is $40 a year for Spartanburg County Residents, $80 a year for all other instate county residents, and $120 a year for out of state residents. Permits are valid from January 1 – December 31 of each calendar year.

Lake Lyman – Lake Lyman is located on the Middle Tyger River. The lake is a 1.4 billion gallon reservoir that stores water for subsequent release and capture at the downstream Lyman Low Head Dam. SJWD pumps raw water from the Lyman Low Head Dam to their adjacent surface water treatment facilities. Lyman Lake has approximately 350 acres that can be used for recreation. The lake can be accessed from our park (200 Lyman Lodge Rd) where we have two ramps and parking for approximately 50 vehicles. There is a restroom by the warden’s office for the general public. Also located at the site is a public fishing pier and a lodge that can be rented for events by the public. The lodge will safely hold 100 people. There are 17 tables and 100 chairs. To rent the facility or check availability, please contact 864-439-4423. Boating is by permit only and permits can be obtained from our SJWD Water District customer service department located on Highway 29 in Wellford SC. Permits can be obtained Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. We allow up to a 90 hp outboard engine or a 135 hp inboard engine. The fee for the watercraft is $60 a year for Spartanburg County residents, $120 a year for all other in county instate residents, and $240 a year for out of state boaters. Permits are valid from January 1 – December 31 of each calendar year.

Apalache Lake – Apalache Lake is a 130 acre lake located on the South Tyger River in Greer, SC. There is no public accessibility and permits can only be obtained by adjoining property owners that live adjacent to the pounded water or people that are apart of the Lakewood Hills Community Association.

North Tyger Reservoir – The North Tyger Reservoir is a 130 acre, 0.3 billion gallon reservoir on the North Tyger River. SJWD has the capacity to pump approximately 10 MGD of raw water from the North Tyger Reservoir to the SJWD water treatment plant. This lake is not available to the public and only adjoining property owners or those in their company can access the lake. No combustion engines are allowed and only watercraft that can be paddled or propelled by an electric trolling motor are allowed on the lake. Boating is by permit only and permits can be obtained by adjoining property owners from our customer service department located at our customer service department on Highway 29 in Wellford SC. Permits can be obtained Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The fee for adjoining property owners is $20 a year and permits are valid from January 1 – December 31 of each calendar year.

Berry’s Mill Pond – Berry’s Mill Pond was acquired in 2005. Berry’s Mill Pond is a beautiful natural area where residents can enjoy outdoor life. Located at 1828 Berry Mill Road in Greer, the property offers trails, which are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. The trails are clearly market with a yellow, orange, and blue identifying system. There are several kiosks throughout the premises that map the trails for hikers or describe the various types of trees and shrubs found throughout the landscape. Together, the three trails equal about one mile. Benches, picnic tables, and two bridges can be found along the trails for hikers convenience. Please take note before you begin a trail that the terrain is varied and some sections are challenging. No alcohol or fishing is allowed. Pets must be kept on leashes at all times. There are no trashcans available. We follow a “pack it in, pack it out” approach, so please pack appropriately and make sure to leave with everything you came in with. Boy Scout Troop 41 in Greer helps maintain the trails and uses the system to obtain Eagle Scout service projects yearly.

Berry’s Pond – Berry’s Pond is located in Duncan SC. SJWD Water District has no public ramp at the present time and permits are available or sold only to adjoining property owners. Currently private access is available through a launch fee through Brown’s Bait Shop. They charge a fee to access the lake and SJWD is not affiliated with them. You are able to access the lake boat there, but we do not maintain the ramp or facility since it is privately owned.