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Fishing Forecast: Hatteras offshore trolling producing excellent catches

Charlotte Observer

Date: 11/18/2015 8:50:00 AM

Fair for catfish on cut herring and mullet. Lake Keowee: Largemouth and spotted bass continue to feed in surfacing schools, hitting flukes and topwater lures Lake Jocassee: Fair for largemouth in the river arms on a variety of lures worked along the shoreline

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A disposable society is unhealthy for the soul

The Powdersville Post

Date: 11/1/2015 8:38:00 AM

There were 12 people in total there — including the bride and groom. We said our vows on the shore of Lake Jocassee before crunching a wine glass underfoot in keeping with Jewish tradition. (In retrospect, smashing a glass on the beach was not entirely

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Pumpkin Carving Tips from Contest Winner David Maughan


Date: 10/27/2015 5:39:00 PM

After carving a carousel-themed pumpkin 22 feet underwater, he was named the winner of a pumpkin carving contest held at Lake Jocassee by Bermuda Triangle Dive Shop

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Orange weekend awaits Highway 11 drivers

Anderson Independent-Mail

Date: 10/23/2015 9:06:00 PM

For the full package — 112 miles of the Cherokee parkway — viewers can start at Interstate 85’s Exit 1 and follow Highway 11 as it bends around Westminster and Oconee State Park, then crosses Lake Jocassee. A colorful side trip can be found on S.C

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Gun Control: Where Do The 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand?

The Inquisitr

Date: 10/3/2015 10:11:00 PM

So, where do the most popular 2016 presidential candidates stand on gun control? Take a look below. GREENVILLE, SC – SEPTEMBER 18: Former Florida Governor and republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks to voters at the Heritage Action Presidential

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• River: Keowee River
• Length: 75 Miles
• Surface Area: 7,565 Acres
• Volume: 1,185,000 Acre Feet
• Average Depth: 158 Feet
• Maximum Depth: 350 feet
Lake Jocassee is a 7,500-acre, 300-foot deep reservoir located in northwest South Carolina created by the state in partnership with Duke Power in 1973. The lake is commonly known for the clean and cold Appalachian mountain rivers that feed the lake to keep its waters cool and clear year-round. The Jocassee Dam, which forms the lake, is 385 feet high and 1,750 feet long. The lake is home to Devils Fork State Park.
Although most manmade structures were demolished prior to the creation of the lake, divers recently discovered the remains of a lodge which was left intact until the lake rose and now sits below 300 feet of water; a hilltop graveyard with headstones also remains more than 130 feet under the water. The cemetery was one of the scenes used in the filming of the 1972 thriller, Deliverance, starring Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight.
A confluence of four rivers supplies Lake Jocassee's water. The farthest west of the rivers, the Whitewater River, flows southeast until it meets the northwest corner of Lake Jocassee. The Thompson River flows due south until it too reaches the lake in the northwest corner. The Horsepasture River feeds the lake from the northeast corner, along with the Toxaway River, which is directly east of the Horsepasture River.
The Jocassee Hydro Station, located in the southeast corner of Lake Jocassee, separates it from the beginning of Lake Keowee, also known as the Keowee River. Lake Keowee's furthest extent to the south brings it close to the city of Seneca, with the old mill town of Newry actually on it. Unlike Lake Jocassee, Keowee is heavily settled, primarily because most of the land,but not all, adjacent to Lake Jocassee is owned by Duke Power and the State of South Carolina.
A rare wildflower, the Oconee Bell (Shortia galacifolia), native to only a few counties in the Blue Ridge area, was discovered in the area in 1788 by French botanist André Michaux. The creation of Lake Jocassee is said to have caused the destruction of the heart of the species' range. More recently, biologists have documented the occurrence of a number of rare, threatened and endangered species. The Eastatoee Gorge Heritage Preserve was transferred from Duke Power Company to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in 1979 due to the extremely diverse flora occurring there.
Wildlife management efforts in the Jocassee Gorges area began as early as the 1930s when the Chief Game Warden managed the stocking of trout from the Cleveland State Fish Hatchery, Table Rock State Hatchery, and the Walhalla National Fish Hatchery. This led to the investigation and improvement of fish populations in the area. People hiking, hunting, fishing, or nature watching benefit from the fish stocking and law enforcement of the Game Management Program (now WMA).
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