The Lighthouse Fish Camp will remain open


PACOLET, SC (WSPA) – The Lighthouse Fish Camp will not stay open until after what the owner described as God sending him help.

Leland McKelvey opened the Lighthouse Fish Camp located in Pacolet on February 1, 1977.

For 45 years, McKelvey has fed people throughout Spartanburg County.

However, since the COVID-19 pandemic, McKelvey has struggled to keep help in the restaurant.

He said that last Saturday the staff was short by four people.

“I can’t find help…that’s my problem,” McKelvey said.

McKelvey said that was the final straw for him, so he put up a sign saying that after 45 years he was retiring and the business was for sale.

Within 10 minutes of putting up the sign, McKelvey was knocked on his front door by a man named Moe.

McKelvey said “God sent me a message” by Moe.

Moe told McKelvey he would help him if he wanted to keep Lighthouse Fish Camp open.

Reflecting on Moe’s proposal, McKelvey saw the impact the Lighthouse Fish Camp had on the community through Facebook Comments.

On Sunday, he learned that another fishing camp in the area had caught fire. Reading Facebook comments about the impact of this fishing camp on the community of Cowpens, he realized that the Lighthouse Fish Camp had had an impact on the community of Pacolet.

So, with the last day of Lighthouse Fish Camp set for April 2, McKelvey plans to stay open for a few months with Moe’s help.

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