News & Noteworthy

Nestled comfortably throughout the Upstate, three lakes create enticing getaways that are rich in history and bring joy to those who long for days on the water.

Just below the surface, are lost worlds that once were there. From towering trees that lined the natural shores, to structures that once graced the skylines, these lakes have a deep history waiting to be shared.

As one enjoys life above the water, we invite you to take a deeper dive into the untold stories of these lakes.


Working as a dependable source of water for Seneca SC, Greenville SC, and other surrounding areas, Lake Keowee is a man-made reservoir that was built by Duke Power Company in 1971. With its 18,500 acres gleaming today, this 26 mile lake is the spot for locals and tourists alike. Stemming from its Cherokee name, the Place of Mulberries offers endless views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lake Keowee has quickly become an Upstate treasure.

  • 1971 created
  • 18,500 acres
  • 387 miles of shoreline
  • 53 feet average depth
  • 297 feet maximum depth
  • Keowee, Toxaway, Whitewater & Little rivers feed in


As the largest lake in the Southeast, Lake Hartwell is called ‘home’ to so many. With over forty species of fish, miles of privately owned homes, and an abandoned city in the depths, Lake Hartwell invites a rich history into the Upstate. Known for its textile and trading community, Andersonville was overrun with flooding and now remains as a ghost town in Lake Hartwell. When you are out on the lake you can still see some remains on a small 400-acre island.

  • 1963 created
  • 56,000 acres
  • 962 miles of shoreline
  • 45 feet average depth
  • 185 feet maximum depth
  • Seneca, Tugaloo & Savannah rivers feed in


Also built by Duke Power, this 7000 acre lake is a treasured reservoir. While many enjoy kayaking, boating, and swimming there today, Lake Jocassee also holds history right beneath its still waters. Commonly known for its colder temperatures, this Cherokee named lake, The Place of The Lost One, covers a hidden town as well. This lost Jocasee town lies 300 ft. below the surface. Brimming in history, and adding a place for locals and tourists alike to come to visit, or call home, Lake Jocasee offers a wonderful lifestyle to so many with its crystal clear water.

  • 1973 created
  • 7,500 acres
  • 7.5 miles of shoreline
  • 158 feet average depth
  • 326 feet maximum depth
  • Horsepasture, Toxaway, Whitewater & Thompson rivers feed in