Situated in South Carolina is the nearly 12 square mile lake called Lake Jocassee. Astonishingly, the lake reaches 300 feet in depth. The water extremely clear and always cool because the mountain rivers flow into the lake. It is situated in the northwestern corner of South Carolina, close to the Tennessee and Georgia state lines. Lake Jocassee is human-made is was created in 1973. A cemetery lies beneath its waters. What does Lake Jocassee have to offer?

Why should you visit Lake Jocassee?

One of the primary reasons that people visit Lake Jocassee is because of the natural beauty of not only the lake but of the surrounding areas as well. The lake is nestled in the Appalachian mountains. During the autumn months, the trees will turn bright yellow, orange, and red, and it is worth the experience. 

If you can bring along a boat or kayak, check out any of the four waterfalls that flow into Lake Jocassee. Visit a lake Jocassee waterfall and take a dip at the base of any of the falls. The seven different waterfalls are Laurel Fork Falls, Wright Creek Falls, Mill Creek Falls, Devils Hole Creek Falls, White Water Falls Rapids, Thompson Creek Falls, and Unnamed Falls.

If you bring along a boat, what boat ramps are available?

Lake Jocassee has four public boat ramps available to launch a boat. 

A single ramp boat launch is located on Devil’s Fork Road in Salem, South Carolina. Parking is minimal at this particular launch. 

Also in Salem is another single launch ramp. Again, parking is limited and it is located in the Devil’s Fork area on White Oak Hill Road.  

The Hickory Hill Drive ramp also features a fishing pier if you are not coming with a boat but looking for the opportunity to cast a line. 

A second fishing pier and ramp can be accessed by visiting the Jocassee Lake Road boat ramp.

For more detailed information on the boat, launches visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Boat Ramp website. 

What is the best boat rental company on Lake Jocassee?

If you don’t own a boat or don’t care to trailer it along with you, boat rental companies are available on Lake Jocassee.

Renting a boat can be far less hassle than launching, finding dockage, and trailer a personal craft. Check out Jocassee Outdoor Center. They have both pontoon and ski boats available for both full and half-day rentals. 

Hop on board the boat and enjoy the day fishing, visiting waterfalls, or engaging in water activities. Water toys, including wakeboards, kneeboards, and water skis, are available for rent. 

Rentals are the lowest cost between Mondays and Thursdays. They increase from Friday through Sunday, including holidays. Keep in mind, gas fees are in addition to the daily rate. 

Check out the boat rental page but remember to book in advance. 

Where should you stay when visiting Lake Jocassee?

Many Lake Jocassee rentals are available, from cabins to large homes with waterfront views. If you prefer to be closer to nature, consider camping at Devils Fork State Park

Devils Fork State Park has 20 Lake Jocassee cabins. Both two and three-bedroom options are available.

Another great option is Lake Jocassee rentals. The lake is surrounded by waterfront homes with spectacular views and can be found through local rental agencies or by searching VRBO Lake Jocassee or AirBnB Lake Jocassee.

What kind of fish are in Lake Jocassee?

For the fisherman, the lake is home to what many would consider northern species. The cold water makes this a popular fishery for brown trout, rainbow trout, and brook trout.

Much like any other lake in the state, Lake Jocassee also holds bass, sunfish, and catfish. The lake has a state record for 6 different species. 

If you’re planning to fish on the lake, remember to purchase a freshwater fishing license. Licenses can be bought on the Department of Natural Resources fishing license site. 


The next time you’re looking to escape to a secluded location, consider Lake Jocassee. Time should be spent enjoying what nature has to offer. The waterfalls are ideal for family photos or swimming in the crystal clear water. Come for an escape from the everyday routine. A three-day trip is more than perfect for seeing what the area has to offer. You won’t be disappointed.