Lake Jocassee is a man-made, 7,500 acre lake, in the extreme northwestern part of South Carolina. It waters were impounded by Duke Power in partnership with the state of South Carolina in 1973. Lake Jocassee’s waters are provided by four rivers, the Whitewater River, the Thompson River, the Toxaway River and the Horsepasture River. The waters flowing into Lake Jocassee is both very clear and quite cold. Because of this, the water in the lake remains both clean and cold as well. The Jocassee Dam, at the southernmost tip of Lake Jocassee marks the boundary between Lake Jocassee and Lake Keowee, directly to the south.
Although the area around Lake Keowee is quite developed, the land around Lake Jocassee is owned predominantly by the State of South Carolina and by Duke Power and has much less development.
Lake Jocassee is best-known for its extremely clear, cold water and the lake offers sportsmen a number of recreational opportunities found no where else in the area. Because of the clarity of the water in the lake, scuba diving is a popular activity. Also, fishermen can catch trophy-sized trout, found in no other lakes in South Carolina, as well as small mouth bass there.
Lake Jocassee is also home to a popular state park, Devil Fork State Park, which is the location of the only public access to the park. The park offers lodging to visitors in both cottages and in two camping areas. Visitors to the park can swim, boat, fish, hike, or can rent canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and pontoon boats at the park as well. There are geocaching sites at the park as well as picnicking facilities.
During the spring visitors may also see the rare Oconee Bell wildflower on walks along the trail named for it.