Lake Jocassee – Lake Jocassee, South Carolina

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Serene Lake Jocassee (pronounced “joe-KASS-ee”) was created from the Whitewater, Thompson, and Toxaway rivers by Duke Power Company in 1967. It is located in Oconee and Pickens counties. Along with Lake Keowee, it provides electricity and recreation for much of the Upstate.

Lake Jocassee SC

Dave Allen of Hendersonville, NC © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

At 7,500 acres, Lake Jocassee is perfect for boating, skiing, fishing, and swimming. There is very little development on its 75 miles of shoreline, and most of the surrounding land is also untouched by man.

Lake Jocassee, South Carolina

Jeff Hammond of Greenville, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The lake is known for the beautiful waterfalls that flow into it, but keep in mind that like many of our South Carolina waterfalls, they are best viewed after a good rain!

Lake Jocassee

Madison Pierce of Salem, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

As for how Lake Jocassee got its name, SCIWAY contributor Madison Pierce of nearby Salem shares this: “The Jocassee Valley was once home to the Cherokee Indians. The lake was named for an Indian princess who was said to have walked across its waters to reunite with the ghost of her lost love. The name Jocassee has an appropriate meaning: The Place of the Lost One.”

Kevin Matkoski of Columbia, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Kevin Matkoski, who contributed the photo above, of Columbia writes, “After I moved to SC, I was looking for a place to go camping (via my kayak). Lake Jocassee came highly recommended because of its waterfalls dropping into the lake, and I thought it would be perfect. Needless to say, this was my first introduction to drought in the Southeast. I didn’t find the infamous waterfalls scenes I had imagined, but even in drought conditions the lake’s beauty dominated the landscape.”

Reflections on Lake Jocassee

Dave Allen, who took the stunning photo at the top of this page, describes the scene he found at Lake Jocassee: “A spectacular sunset over Lake Jocassee in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Upstate South Carolina. The foothills of the Southern Appalachians have so many amazing scenic landscapes, and this is one of my personal favorites. The overlook at Jumping Off Rock has an incredible view of the mountains of Western NC and Upstate SC from the top of a cliff that is 850 feet above the backside of Lake Jocassee.”

Lake Jocassee Info

Address: Lake Jocassee Dam Road, Sunset, SC 29685

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Lake Jocassee – Add Info and More Photos

The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Lake Jocassee, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!

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3 Comments about Lake Jocassee

Bob SpaldingNo Gravatar says:
October 6th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

A lot of people don’t know that a small part of Jocassee is in NC. As you enter a cove in the upper end of the lake, you will see a welcome sign to North Carolina.

Bob SpaldingNo Gravatar says:
September 2nd, 2013 at 12:20 pm

The top photo is Jumping Off Rock in Pickens County, and I believe the bottom photo is also from Pickens County. It looks like the Powdercade Road, the location where all the dynamite was stored when building Jocassee.

Dan EvattNo Gravatar says:
July 24th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

On Thursday July 19, 2012 I went fishing on this beautiful lake with my soon to be son-in-law from Ohio. This was his bachelor party and we caught 20 trout and bass with our guide’s help and skills. The smallest fish was 2.5 lbs, and largest was 4lbs (and great eating also!).

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