Lake Jocassee is a 75,000-acre reservoir outside of Salem, South Carolina and is considered the jewel of the Appalachian Mountains. The name Jocassee means “Place of the Lost One” and comes from a Cherokee legend about a maiden of that name. Before there was a lake here the area was called the Jocassee Valley.
The lake was created in 1973 after the construction of the Jocassee Dam. The resulting flood created 75 miles of immaculate shoreline in the Jocassee Gorges. A confluence of four rivers supply Lake Jocassee’s water. The rivers course down the steep, escarpment that forms at the base of the mountains creating an abundance of spectacular waterfalls. The most impressive of all is Whitewater Falls.
The land around 7,565-acre Lake Jocassee remains mostly undeveloped and the only public access point to the lake is through Devils Fork State Park.
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