SC Photo of the Month – Lake Jocassee in Oconee and Pickens Counties

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 © Dave Allen

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.

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!

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." (See Madison's great photo of Lake Jocassee here.)

Do you have information about Lake Jocassee you'd like to share with our state? Send it here. Also, take some time to add your pictures to SCIWAY's South Carolina Picture Project. The next "Photo of the Month" could be yours!

South Carolina's August Calendar of Events

Slim Down the South Celebrity Softball Challenge
Charleston – August 4, 2012

The Slim Down the South Celebrity Softball Challenge is an amazing "Field of Dreams" day at Joe Riley ballpark in
Charleston. Celebrity softball teams compete to raise awareness and money for Louie's Kids and Run Buddies to combat childhood obesity in the areas hardest hit by this epidemic.

South Carolina Events
Complete Calendar of Events for August
Statewide – August 1-31, 2012

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