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Salem, SC 29676
About Lake Keowee
Lake Keowee is one of the largest freshwater lakes in North Carolina, USA, serving the nearby cities of Seneca and Greenville, SC.
The 18,500-acre reservoir, operated by the Duke Power Company, has many public access ramps. While much of the coast is still undeveloped, property owners can enjoy waterfront homes, and property values rise with the development of new development areas.
The lack of traffic jams attracts visitors to the park, where they can enjoy the view of the mountains while basking in the warm southern climate. The Keowee Valley was inhabited by Cherokee and Indian villages for a long time before Lake Keowee was formed. At the end of the 19th century, the fertile land attracted new settlers who were looking for agricultural opportunities.
The lake itself was created in the 1960s, when the Duke Power Company seized the opportunity to build a hydroelectric power source to supply the rapidly developing area. The company developed the Keowee Toxaway complex, which included two nuclear power plants, the first in North Carolina and the second in South Carolina. These nuclear power plants are one of the largest in this country, and their water is used to cool the reactors of the nuclear power plant. This hydroelectric power plant separated Lake Keowsee from another lake, Lake Jocassee, at the time of its construction.
Lake Keowee has something for everyone, whether you just relax and enjoy the scenic views or come to the lake for an adventure.
The surrounding mountains offer rugged hiking trails, fishermen look for perch and their catfish, and fishermen fish for trout and other fish.
Boat rentals are available in many locations and the local private golf community offers an impressive golf course for serious golfers. Keowee - Toxaway State Park covers 1,000 acres and features paved campgrounds, shaded picnic areas, a golf course, hiking trails and a picnic area. South Cove and High Falls are bordered by an Oconee County park that offers hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, boating and other recreational activities.
If you want to learn more about the Cherokee history of Lake Keowee, you can sign up at the local museum for a tour of the site.
At the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, theater and music lovers can enjoy one of more than 75 performances annually.
Minutes from Lake Keowee, Clemson University (or nearby Clemson) offers cultural and sports enthusiasts alike. The school's Death Valley Stadium is named after one of the nation's largest football stadiums, with a capacity of more than 1,500,000 fans.
The school also has the SC Botanical Garden, which includes more than 1,000 plant and animal species, as well as a variety of outdoor activities for children.
The proximity to the cities of Greenville, Atlanta and Charlotte makes Lake Keowee a growing destination for vacationers. The residents of these busy towns come to the lake for a quiet getaway, but other visitors to Lake KEOWee can look forward to other nearby areas offering activities for visitors of all kinds. These major cities offer sports as well as a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, golf and more.
True adventurers can take a day trip down the Chatooga River for an exciting whitewater rafting trip, and the 300 miles of tranquil coastline provides a quiet place for vacationers to get lost. Lake Keowee is also near Asheville, NC, where visitors can visit some of America's largest private homes. The clear blue waters of Lake KEOWee attract many visitors all year round - but it is also a popular holiday destination for those who are on holiday in the summer.