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Old 05-14-2012, 08:08 PM
 
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Here are some pics I recently took of Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee (Devil's Fork area)....and yes, the water is warm. It was great!

Lake Jocassee (Devil's Fork)
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Lake Keowee area (I love all the gorgeous houses):






























































































































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Old 05-15-2012, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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You rock Awesome pics!
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:00 AM
 
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looks like you found a few of that 1%
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:17 AM
 
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Great pics!

It's a little depressing to see how low the water is in some areas.

What is the reason for this? Drought? Damming? Other?
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: near downtown Greenville, SC (viewing the sunset vicariously at Lido Beach)
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Fantastic pics! I used to live in a small subdivision on Lake Keowee (Saxony Forest) - miss those lakes!

As for the water level, yes it does look quite low - I do know that Duke Power will lower lake levels at certain times of the year - also, NW SC is under a severe drought according to the US Drought Monitor website.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Lee's Summit, MO
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Awesome pictures! Thank you!

I wondered about the water levels as well. One of my main reservations about Norris Lake and Cherokee Lake in East TN was that TVA lowers the levels of the lake SO much that I think living and having a dock on either of them would be a real pain. Hoping that this is a rare occasion for Keowee.

I understand a winter draw down of 5-10 feet in anticipation of spring for flood control, but much more would not be good.

Again, thanks for the pics. Would love many more!
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:39 PM
 
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Keowee manages to maintain lake level much better than Jocasee or Hartwell.

Water from Keowee is used to cool the nuclear reactors, so if we are in a drought they will let more water out of Jocassee and stop letting water out of Keowee to maintain a certain level.

As a result, Hartwell won't have any water coming in, and they may continue to pump out depending on the circumstances.
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Greenville, S.C., USA
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They are pumping out of Hartwell and Jocassee because the drought is actually much worse downstream (Augusta and further south). The SRS area requires a minimum amount of flow year-round. Fortunately Jocassee is very deep (350 feet at full pool).
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:51 AM
 
Location: On a Farm & by the sea
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Thank you for sharing these. Please keep them coming!!!! Great treat for a "serenity break".
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Mauldin, SC
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Great pictures, information, and timing! I’m planning a sightseeing trip up to this area very soon. I've only been over the northern end of Lake Keowee on Highway 11. I'm planning a day trip to visit Keowee Toxaway State Park, Devils Fork State Park, Bad Creek, and Whitewater Falls (in NC). I’m hoping to snap a few nice pictures of my own (none from the water unfortunately).

I’ve been looking at the SC State Parks website and I’m not sure how much there is to see at these two parks. It looks like their main focus is on boating and camping. I did see a picture of a small waterfall at Keowee Toxaway but haven’t found any specific info on it yet. I know there are several hiking options in and around both parks but I'll have to keep them short on this trip, since I’m planning to cover a lot in one day. Looks like some nice sightseeing opportunities at Bad Creek and Upper Whitewater Falls (in NC) looks very scenic with very easy access.

Are there any other nice sightseeing opportunities (with easy & quick access) in this specific area (northwestern Oconee county or just north in NC)? I was considering trying to stretch this trip to include either the town of Highlands, NC or Gorges State Park in NC or heading back south to Spoonauger Falls. I would love to hear anyone’s thoughts, suggestions, or experiences regarding the best sightseeing and photo opportunity spots in particular area. Thanks!
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