Other Area Lakes

Here are some other Lakes near Lake Keowee...

Lake Jocassee - SC
Bear Creek Lake - NC
Lake James - NC


Lake Jocassee in the Fall




Beautiful Lake Jocassee shows off her fall colors.

Lake Jocassee - Lake Jocassee is tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is definitely one of South Carolina's most spectacular lakes. Lake Jocassee is a true mountain lake full of waterfalls and rock faces, as well as the coldest, deepest, and clearest water you will find. Because of the lack of upstream development and the recent purchase of approximately 50,000 acres of wild lands by North and South Carolina, much of the lake will continue to be undeveloped. Lake Jocassee was formed by damming several large rivers for the purpose of providing hydroelectric power for the south east.  The Whitewater, Thompson, Horsepasture and the Toxaway rivers form to make one of the deepest manmade lakes in the southeast.

History - The recorded history of the Jocassee Gorges area dates back to 1539 when Hernando deSoto explored the area. South of what is now Lake Jocassee Dam was once Keowee Village or Keowee Town, the capital of the Lower Cherokee Indians. Keowee Village was located just across the Keowee River (Oconee side) near the confluence of Crowe Creek and Keowee River. In 1690 James Moore led a British expedition through the area in search of gold.
Cherokee Legend The Vale of Jocassee was home to the Cherokee Indian Nation. It now lies some 300 feet beneath the surface of Lake Jocassee, near the Toxaway River and Whitewater River confluence, approximately one-half mile north of Jocassee Dam. Jocassee and its meaning are derived from the legend of a Cherokee maiden. Chief Attakulla and his Oconee tribe, known as the "Brown Vipers," lived on the west side of the Whitewater River. The Eastatoees, a rival tribe, lived on the east and were called the "Green Birds." Legend has it that a young warrior named Nagoochee lived among the Green Birds but was not afraid to enter Brown Viper hunting grounds. One day while hunting in Brown Viper territory Nagoochee fell and broke his leg. Nagoochee was convinced he would perish in the wilderness, when he heard the singing of Jocassee, Chief Attakulla's daughter. Jocassee took Nagoochee back to her father's lodge and nursed him back to health. They fell in love and Nagoochee stayed with the Oconee tribe. Later during a fight between the tribes, Jocassee's brother, Cheochee, killed Nagoochee. When Cheochee returned from battle with Nagoochee's head dangling from his belt, Jocassee didn't say a word. She slipped into a canoe and onto the water. As Jocassee still gazed at the head of her lover, she stepped into the water. Legend claims that she did not sink but walked across the water to meet the ghost of Nagoochee. The name Jocassee means "Place of the Lost One."

A New Development Jocassee Real Estate Co., Inc. is in the process of planning the most exclusive waterfront property in the state of South Carolina. The property includes over 15,000 ft of waterfront on Lake Jocassee and encompasses over 100 acres. This will be a special community on the lake that will feel like the old Jocassee Valley. The community will center on the pristine beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The home sites will be large to protect the natural beauty of Lake Jocassee and ensure the natural beauty of the lake for generations to come. Jocassee will always be "The place of the Lost One" and will be a place for property owners to come and tap into their spiritual side of life. It will be a place for family enjoyment, deep conversation and deep reflection for generations to come.

Bear Creek Lake - Located near Cashiers, NC Bear Creek Lake is unsurpassed in beauty, set in the cool elevation of the Western North Carolina Mountains, Bear Lake Reserve is one of the last significant lakefront properties in the region. Located in the shadows of the majestic Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, this corner of North Carolina is home to Bear Creek Lake. One of the last undeveloped lakes in the region, its nearly 14 miles of pristine shoreline meanders along the edge of Bear Lake Reserve. The property's dramatic mountain to lake terrain is extremely unique, providing picturesque views in nearly every direction from the water or the land. The community is quietly becoming a most sought-after address for those looking for a primary, vacation, or retirement home. Though comfortably distanced from the harried world, Bear Lake Reserve is near Cashiers, Sylva, Highlands, and Brevard, charming and active towns that invite you over to shop, dine, tour galleries, go antiquing, and take in a change of scenery. A little farther down the road are Asheville, Hendersonville, and Greenville, South Carolina. For More Information about Bear Creek Lake contact us.

Relaxing views at Bear Creek Lake

Lake James - Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, Lake James offers residents a relaxing pace of life, as well as a never-ending array of outdoor activities in mountain land so beautiful it was chosen as the location of the motion picture, “The Last of the Mohicans.?

Fed by two mountain rivers and Paddy’s Creek and at 1,200 feet above sea level, Lake James offers residents a moderate and inviting climate, easy access for boating and fishing and close proximity to an attractive selection of state and national parks such as Linville Gorge, South Mountains State Park and Pisgah National Forest. The lake, which is named after Duke Energy founder James B. Duke, covers over 6,500 acres and offers more than 150 miles of shoreline.

For less rustic pursuits, Lake James residents enjoy quaint main street communities and historic downtowns in Morganton, Marion, Valdese and nearby Hickory, where community celebrations are a regular occurrence.

And, when it’s time to expand your area of exploration and discovery, Lake James is ideally located. Asheville, site of a thriving arts and cultural community as well as the sprawling Biltmore Estate, is just an hour away. Snow skiing in the Appalachian Mountains is also just a short drive a from Lake James, and major metropolitan areas such as Charlotte, N.C., Winston-Salem, N.C., and Columbia, S.C., are within a three-hour drive.

Black Forest on Lake James offers 56 private preserves which are heavily wooded and range from 3 to 21 acres. Contact us for more information.

A Distant view of Lake James


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