Lake Secession is a 1460 acre man made lake located in Abbeville and Anderson County in Upstate South Carolina. It is owned by the city of Abbeville. It is located 41 miles from Greenville, and about 130 miles from Atlanta. GSP is the closest large airport.
Before the Rocky River Dam there was no Lake Secession. The original area was scenic, green and hilly with the Rocky River winding south towards the Savannah River. In 1938, a private company began the construction of the Rocky River Dam to generate and sell power. After a couple of torrential rains and flooding along the Rocky River the project went broke and was up for sale. In 1940, the City of Abbeville bought the project and it was completed as WPA project in 1940.
Lake Secession is the reservoir formed by the damming of the Rocky River. The area downstream of the Rocky River Dam is a backwater reach created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (COEs) Richard B. Russell Dam on the Savannah River. Situated approximately 14 miles upstream from the Rocky River Dam is Lake Broadway impoundment.
The project at Lake Secession is owned by the City of Abbeville with the city owning all reservoir property up to the high water mark of 548 feet. Maintaining its original construction, the dam powerhouse contains two turbine generator units rated at 2,000 kilowatt (kw) and 800 kw, respectively.