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Lake at state park in Dillon damaged by Hurricane Matthew could reopen by summer

(Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism)

Lake Norman at the Little Pee Dee State Park in Dillon could reopen by late summer or early fall after being closed due to a dam breech that happened back in October during Hurricane Matthew, according to officials with the state park.

Officials said there is no water in Lake Norman and currently no boat rentals available at Little Pee Dee State Park.

South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director of Corporate Communications Dawn Dawson-House released the following statement on the park's progress.

"We had some delays in the project, but we are now on track, and just a few months away from the dam being repaired. Once the dam is repaired, the lake will take time to fill. We expect the lake to be full by late summer or early fall."

The park is still open for other activities , including picnicking and camping amenities.

The Little Pee Dee State Park's website says it's located "in the South Carolina Sandhills region and named after the blackwater Little Pee Dee River, Little Pee Dee State Park is a subdued setting for those who want to enjoy the park’s natural features or fish the still waters of 54-acre Lake Norman for bream, bass and catfish. With its easy access to Interstate 95, and Little Pee Dee is popular with coastal travelers and locals alike. "

We'll let you know when the park reopens.

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