Alligator rumors in Lake Wylie have been going on since the lake the built. Everyone says they have seen one or heard of someone that have seen one.
The truth is, Alligators do not live in Lake Wylie. The only time an alligator has actually been in Lake Wylie is when someone caught an alligator somewhere else and dumped it here (and quickly picked up by Wildlife officials).
Also, there is a FAKE alligator head floating around the docks at Papa Doc’s Shore Club. The purpose of this fake alligator head (which anyone can cheaply buy online) is supposedly to scare away the geese. However, that doesn’t seem to work as the geese swim right by it.
In fact, there are a lot of non-indigenous species in Lake Wylie. These mostly arrived from illegal ‘tank dumping’. This is where people dump their exotic fish tanks into the lake.
You can see a decent list of native fish to Lake Wylie here. However, many fishermen will say some of these aren’t in the lake either.
Here is an example of a fake alligator head anchored in the lake to deter geese and other waterfowl.