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Lake Keowee

Waters from the Keowee and Little Rivers as well as other tributaries gather to form this 18,732-acre reservoir in northwestern South Carolina. The waters from Lake Keowee's outflow from the Keowee and Little River dams form the Seneca River, which then flows into the Savannah River. Located in beautiful mountain terrain, this lake is situated near state parks and offers water skiing, boating, swimming, and fishing along its 300 miles of shoreline.

The lake's shores have developed rapidly since its completion in 1971, and the developments continue to expand for residents, vacation homes, and tourism. While the lake might be considered overcrowded on summer weekends, the weekday and off-season boat traffic is more amenable to anglers who seek calmer waters.


Lake Keowee's waters are cold, clear, and deep, and anglers can find largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass, as well as crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, catfish, and brown and rainbow trout. In 1979, a three-pound, four-ounce yellow perch made a state record, but don't discount the bass and trout fishing -- especially since this lake contains seventeen fish attractors.


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    Lake Keowee South Carolina Coordinates:
34.8000N -82.8867W
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Surface Area:
18,732 acres
Maximum Depth:
297 ft
800 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
Over 3 ft
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Duke Energy along with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources provide boat access areas on the lake outside camping spots. In the upper section of the lake, four access points are available, and five access areas are available in the lower section. Additionall boat access is available at the Keowee-Toxaway State Park.


Duke Energy partnered with South Carolina to establish the 1,000 acre Keowee-Toxaway State Park. This park includes ten paved RV sites, 14 tent sites, and a three-bedroom rental cabin. Campers can also enjoy the county-managed 155-acre Mile Creek Park in Pickens County, the 40-acre South Cove Park in Oconee County, and 44-acre High Falls Park in Seneca. Other accommodations are located throughout Oconee and Pickens Counties, including hotels and motels, B&Bs, and resorts.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Jocassee extends over Oconee and Pickens Counties, and is located in far northwest South Carolina near the North Carolina border. The lake is surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest to the north and west, and by the Jocassee Gorges management Area to the east. The closest towns include Clemson, Seneca, Central, Walhalla, and Westminster, and the closest airport is located in Greenville, which is located approximately two hours from the lake. A private airport also is located in Pickens County.

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