Lake Jocassee is a magnificent jewel nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains between Western North and South Carolina. Surrounded by the Jocassee Gorges and fed by 4 wild and scenic rivers and many small tributaries, it is no wonder the lake and area were recognized in National Geographic magazine’s “50 of the World’s Last Great Places” Destinations of a Lifetime. The lake was built in 1973 by Duke-Energy as a hydroelectric reservoir. The dam is 385 feet high and 1,750 feet long. Lake Jocassee has 7,500 acres of water and 75 miles of shoreline. Full pond elevation of Lake Jocassee is 1,110 feet. The Whitewater, Thomson, Horse Pasture and Toxaway Rivers all flow into Jocassee. The topography around the lake is steep undulating terrain from which the many waterfalls spill.
Lake Keowee is located on the border of Oconee and Pickens counties in the northwest corner, also known as the golden corner, of South Carolina. Since 1971, Lake Keowee’s 17,660 acres of water and 300 miles of shoreline have been a valuable source of energy and recreation in South Carolina. Full pond elevation at Lake Keowee is 800 feet. The lake provides a dependable water supply for Greenville and Seneca, South Carolina. The calm, clear waters of Lake Keowee with the reflection of the Blue Ridge mountains offer recreation such as sailing, boating, skiing, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking.
Devils Fork State Park
Rare Oconee Bell Flower blooms in March along the Oconee Bell Trail in DFSP
Devils Fork State Park is located just off Highway 11 on Jocassee Lake Road in Oconee County South Carolina. The park is the only boating access to Lake Jocassee. Eclectic Sun is the onsite boat rental company in the park and is located in the day-use picnic ground. Picnic tables and covered shelters are available in the day-use area. Devils Fork consists of 57 RV & Tent sites with water & power, 25 rustic tent sites and 13 boats in rustic campsite only accessible by boat. 20 Villas which are 2 & 3 bedrooms fully furnished with fireplaces and screened-in porches. For reservations for the state park, go to southcarolinaparks.com and click on the Devils Fork link and search for park reservations. The park was opened in 1991 and is operated by the South Carolina State Park Service under a lease from Duke Energy.