What I Need to Know About

Boating and Fishing

Boating and fishing are permitted on Lyman Lake and Lake Cooley. For your convenience, SJWD maintains several boat ramps and docks at each lake.

Hours of operation are posted at the individual sites. Please note that all boats must be out before dark. Jet skis are not permitted at either of the lakes. Water skiing is allowed only on Lyman Lake. Also, on Lyman Lake, outboard motors are not to exceed 90 horsepower. Inboard motors are not to exceed 135 horsepower.

Prior to boating, an individual must obtain an annual permit from our main office, 307 Spartanburg Highway in Wellford, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lake Access Stickers may now be purchased at our main office. Individuals purchasing Lake Access Stickers do not need to bring their boats, but will need to provide proper boat registration information, engine serial number, and horsepower. If you have obtained a permit and sticker after 2013, please bring the paperwork with you, so we can serve you faster. Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible for our customers.

To learn more about SJWD’s lake policies, click here.

Please review the fee schedule:

Lakes and Horsepower Spartanburg
County Residents
SC State
Out of State
Lyman Lake Only
Above 15 HP
$60.00 $120.00 $240.00
Lyman Lake & Lake Cooley
15 HP and Below Outboard
$40.00 $80.00 $120.00
Lyman Lake $amp; Lake Cooley
30 HP and Below Pontoon
$40.00 $80.00 $120.00