Shark Wake Park

The Shark Wake Park in North Myrtle Beach is temporarily closed while the City of North Myrtle Beach works to remove an alligator that's inhabiting the lake. Photo by Christian Boschult 

An alligator has found its way into the lake at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex.

"One young alligator seems to have migrated over from the other side of [S.C. Highway] 31," said North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling. "This is the time they go hunting for new territory to breed."

Dowling said the city is working with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Snake Chaser to capture and relocate the gator.

"He’s proving somewhat elusive," Dowling said. "But we know where he is and we’ll keep going after him until we get him."

Dowling said the gator, estimated to be between 5 and 6 feet long, is the only one in the lake that's home to the Shark Wake Park, where folks can wakeboard while being pulled by a cable. 

"We have advised Shark Wake Park not to open until the gator is caught and removed from the area," Dowling said. 

In a statement, company spokesperson Jane MacNeille said a young alligator was detected on the Lake Side Trail in the park. 

"At Shark Wake Park, we are cooperating with the City of North Myrtle Beach and the Department of Natural Resources, and in any nuisance wildlife sighting, we work collaboratively with these organizations to take any necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our guests," MacNeille said.  

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