1 Nov 2018

The Anatomy of a Canoe

Lake Jocassee water sports, waterfalls, canoes, Kayaks, Paddle Sports, Stand-up paddle boardsEclectic Sun, on beautiful and scenic Lake Jocassee, is Devils Fork State Park’s on-site supplier for all things to do on and around the lake. The “PAVILION” in the day use picnic area of the park is where you will find us. Eclectic Sun is a genuine Surf Shop and Snack-Bar combined. Watersports equipment is available for sale and rent.

Eclectic Sun is here to make your day on the water the best it can be. Whether you're a Pro or just a Beginner our friendly staff is here to assist you with all your Paddle Sports needs.

Here is a helpful article we found, please let us know if you have any questions.



The Canoe

Knowing the how to properly refer to the anatomy of a canoe will help you to learn the sport and to communicate with other paddlers as you begin to advance your canoeing proficiency.  Here are the canoe design features and parts that are universally applied to all canoes regardless of canoeing genre.

  • Bow:  Simply put, the bow is the front of the canoe. This is universal for all boats. So, whether you sit in a motorboat, kayak, and every other type of canoe, the word “bow” means the front.  The pronunciation is the same as in “take a bow” and not like what little girls wear in their hair.

  • Stern: The stern of the canoe is the back of the boat. Same as with the term “bow,” the stern is the universal term for the rear of any boat. In a tandem canoe, one canoeist sits in the bow and one sits in the stern.

  • Starboard Side: The starboard side of the canoe is the right side of the boat.

  • Aft Side: The aft side of the canoe is the left side of the boat.

  • Hull: In the boating world, the hull is the entire body of the boat.  But, kayakers often use the term hull to refer to the bottom of the boat.

  • Keel: The keel on a canoe is a rib-like protrusion on the underside of where the canoe comes to a point both on the bow and the stern.  The keel helps the canoe to track straight through the water.

  • Yoke: The yoke of a canoe is the cross beam in the center of the canoe that connects the starboard and aft sides. It usually has a curved indentation in the center of it that ergonomically fits over the neck of a canoeist.  The yoke then rests on the shoulders of the canoeist when carrying the canoe upside down.

  • Beam: The word beam refers to the width of the canoe at its widest point which is taken at the yoke.

  • Thwart: There are two thwart's on a canoe, one in the stern and one in the bow. Thwarts are cross-bars that connect the aft and starboard sides of the canoe.  They give rigidity to the canoe as well as provide a canoeist who is kneeling in the boat something to lean against.

  • Gunnel or Gunwale: The gunnel (also called gunwale) is the rim that runs all along the top edge of the canoe.

  • Waterline: The waterline of the canoe is the imaginary line along the canoe that the water comes up to.

  • Freeboard: The freeboard of a canoe is the area of the hull of the canoe that is above the waterline.

  • Draft: A canoe's draft is the area of the hull of the canoe that is below the waterline.

  • Other Components:  Besides the design of the boat, canoes have other components such as seats, handles, and grab loops.

  • Outfitting: Outfitting refers to anything that allows the canoe to fit to the individual boater. It can be permanently placed or adjustable.  Examples of outfitting are foam and padding for comfort.

The above list really just reflects the basic anatomy of canoes. Each genre of canoe has their own list of unique components. For instance, whitewater canoes also have tie-downs for float bags. And, the design features even vary from tandem to solo canoes. Obviously, tandem canoes have two seats. But, this basic list gives the basics.

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1 Sep 2017

Summer of Fun 2017


"Eclectic Sun at Lake Jocassee and the Sun is always shining"! Sometimes it may be obscured by some form either atmospheric or in this case celestial matter, makes no difference because you are lucky enough to be on Jocassee. As the moon shadowed the Sun's very bright center on August 21st, 2017 the lucky witnessed a truly rare event here above Lake Jocassee of a Total Eclipse. And it was Awesome! The summer of 2017 has been full of fun and wondrous events and as we look forward to the Fall of 2017 we expect more of the same.

Labor Day Weekend is commonly referred to as the last celebration of Summer and we all try and get to the lake to enjoy every last bit of summer as our reward for working so very hard. Eclectic Sun is open for business through the last weekend of November so we do not necessarily consider it the end of the Summer of Fun. The waters of Jocassee stay warm up through October so let the summer of fun continue.

If you would like to reserve a boat, please contact us at:

Eclectic Sun LLC, Pontoon & Paddlesports Rentals
Devils Fork State Park Pavillion



Ask About Our Weekday Specials!


On September 9th the Friends of Jocassee join forces with Devils Fork State Park, Duke Energy and the Kayak and Dive communities to do a clean-up of our pristine Lake Jocassee and the surrounding area, please join us. On the 16th there will be an Open Water competition which is always spectacular.


"Please, we all live under the same Sun and let's make an effort to let the things we have in common unite us"

26 Apr 2017
Lake Jocassee water sports, waterfalls, canoes, Kayaks, Paddle Sports, Stand-up paddle boards

April Showers feed Lake Jocassee and the surrounding Jocassee Gorges

April Showers feed Lake Jocassee and bring May flowers.

The forecast is rain for Lake Jocassee and the surrounding area of the Jocassee Gorges. Rain is a very good thing. Eclectic Sun is all about the radiant sun of Jocassee. While we love the sun-filled days to bask in the glorious warmth of the sunshine, we need rain. Rain is the resource that feeds our beautiful Lake Jocassee and all the green lush vegetation of the Jocassee Gorges. So not only do we love the sun, we also love rainbows that often follow the rain.

The lake is down, way down but never fear it will fill back up in it's own time. So enjoy the diverse landscape Lake Jocassee shows us every so often as the underlying shore is exposed. Paddle your kayak, and explore the niches you can't always see or investigate. A wonderful informative article can be found by following the link.  http://www.scwildlife.com/articles/julyaug2009/jocassee.html  Enjoy the tales of years gone by when the lake had levels similar to what we have now.

Lake Jocassee, as you probably know, is used to produce hydro-electric by Duke Energy. So actually the lake levels vary everyday in the process of pushing and pulling water to create energy with this awesome feat of engineering. Even though Jocassee is nearly 400' deep in places and there is little risk of it running dry, the rain is still always a welcome sight.

Without rain we all know we are in for trouble. So as the rain falls like gushing cascades from my roof, I thank heaven for the much needed nourishment to the paradise we call Jocassee.  April showers will bring the May flowers to our beloved Jocassee, and that too is a very good thing!
8 Apr 2017
Happy Birthday Lake Jocassee water sports, waterfalls, canoes, Kayaks, Paddle Sports, Stand-up paddle boards

Happy 5th Birthday Eclectic Sun

April is always a Happy Birthday month to Eclectic Sun and a Welcome to Spring on Lake Jocassee.

Eclectic Sun at Lake Jocassee is happy to celebrate our 5th birthday on April 8th, 2017. Eclectic Sun came to be on Easter Sunday 2012. The Eclectic came from the eclectic group of people who come to Lake Jocassee and this beautiful peaceful area. With all our differences in culture and language, we are still inspired by the same serenity of the area. And of course, the Sun came from our love of beautiful sun filled days and memories.

So together we are able to share the resource and the awesome beauty of Lake Jocassee. Devils Fork State Park is the only access to this wonderful paradise. Located in the picnic area of the park, Eclectic Sun is happy to provide the means to explore this wonderland. Whether you want to tour at your leisure on a pontoon tour of the many waterfalls on Jocassee or challenge yourself against the elements, to explore the area on a kayak, canoe or paddleboard, you are always treated to a spiritual experience.

We are celebrating in a big way with specials set to bring our families and friends far and near out to Jocassee to enjoy the paradise we are fortunate to live and work in every day. Bring your family and friends and join us as we celebrate Easter, Spring and a milestone birthday for Eclectic Sun.

Early Spring and Easter week always seem to bring renewed vibrancy to the paradise that is the Jocassee Gorges. Everything which surrounds Devils Fork State Park and Lake Jocassee is bursting in full color. The lake and all the area around the lake are coming alive to rival all the other seasons. Join us this week and celebrate all that is good in the world.