Pinopolis Dam lock reopens

The Pinopolis Dam lock at the Jefferies Hydroelectric Station.

Brad Nettles

MONCKS CORNER — The lock at the Pinopolis Dam on Lake Moultrie reopened today, a week ahead of schedule following a 36-day outage for repairs.

Workers replaced a balky valve on the passage used by boaters and fish between the lake and the Tailrace Canal.

Located at the Jefferies Hydroelectric Station, the Santee Cooper-controlled lock has a single lift of 75 feet and is 60 feet wide and 180 feet long.

Its hours of operation are one-half hour after dawn until one-half hour before dusk, year round. The lock does not operate during thunderstorms or rough-water conditions.

Large parties of boats needing to use the lock may call in advance at 843-899-5625.