Lake Keowee is located in upstate South Carolina. The man-made lake stretches approximately 23 miles long and 3 miles wide, at its widest point. Its waters cover about 18,500 acres and it has 300 miles of shoreline, as well as an average depth of 54 feet. Lake Keowee is widely known for its cleanliness and has a reputation for excellent water quality, on top of its breathtaking views.
H I S T O R Y | The name Keowee is a Cherokee Indian word and is roughly translated to mean, "place of the Mulberries." The historic Keowee town was the largest of the 7 Cherokee towns that made up historical South Carolina. It sat on the bank of Keowee River. However, both the town and river were flooded creating what is now Lake Keowee.
The lake is a very popular area for fishing, boating, camping, waterskiing, swimming and picnicking. Parks such as Keowee Toxaway State Park and High Falls County Park are great destinations for the adventurer. If you enjoy fishing, the lake holds all types of fish including Spotted bass, Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Smallmouth bass, and Yellow perch. It also serves as a relaxing residency for many people and communities. There are various cliffs to jump off, waterfalls to see, and rock slides to slide down while out on the lake, you just have to find them!
Lake Jocassee is a man-made reservoir located just above Lake Keowee in upstate South Carolina. It covers about 7,500 acres, is about 300 feet deep, and has 75 miles of shoreline. The lake is known for its mostly undeveloped shoreline, cool and clear waters, and unbelievable views. The water stays cool and clear due to the Appalachian river waters that run into it. It is also widely known for its gorgeous waterfalls that cascade directly into the lake. These waterfalls include Laurel Fork Falls, Mill Creek Falls, Wright Fork Falls, and Moondance Falls.
Lake Jocassee's crystal clear waters makes for an enjoyable day of boating, kayaking, swimming, waterskiing, fishing, and lots more adventure. It holds hidden gems such as waterfalls and cliffs, but some are only accessible by boat. Since it is mostly undeveloped, the only public access point is through Devils Fork State Park. Hikers are also able to enjoy a hike like no other on the Oconee Bell Nature Trail. If you enjoy fishing, the lake is a perfect place for trout fishing because of its cool waters. It is home to Spotted bass, Rainbow trout, Smallmouth bass, Brown trout, and Bluegill.