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About Keowee

"Place of the Mulberries" is the meaning of Keowee in the language of the Lower Cherokee Nation, which made the settlement site (now underwater) its capital. Europeans first visited Keowee when Spain's Hernando DeSoto passed through in 1540. Now a 300-mile shoreline lake, Keowee offers 18,500 acres of water recreation. It's just downstream from Lake Jocassee, which sits just south of the North Carolina state line in the heart of the Palmetto state's beautiful mountain country.  Lake Keowee is one of the most beautiful fresh water lakes in the entire South offering majestic views, sparkling blue water and mountain views. The lake is located near Seneca, a small town in the northwest corner of South Carolina. It is often referred to as the Golden Corner area. Lake Keowee is located just 45 miles from Greenville, SC, the states largest city and just 1.5 hours from Atlanta, GA. The lake is fed from nearby mountain streams of pure blue water. 

Only about of the shoreline has been developed resulting in an un-crowded lake which is perfect for boating, fishing, sailing and other activities. It is also the site of a Professional Bass tournament each year. Lake Keowee is owned by Duke Energy Corp. which controls the lake frontage and water level.

At Lake Keowee the list of leisure activities is seemingly endless. Local attractions include Jocassee State Park (15 miles) and golf courses such as Cross Creek Plantation. You are just minutes away from white water rafting on the famed Chatooga River as well has hiking and some really fantastic fishing. With over 400,000 acres of undisturbed forest, you never run out of exploring opportunities. The mild climate with average temperatures in the 60s, make year round recreation a pleasure.