Lake Jocassee

NORTH CAROLINA - SOUTH CAROLINA


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91.45 FEET
2/24/2017
Full Pool: 100.0
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Introducing Administrator Pruitt

EPA

Date: 2/22/2017

Last week, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed and sworn in as the 14th Administrator of EPA. Administrator Pruitt believes promoting and protecting a strong and healthy environment is one of the lifeblood priorities of the government, and EPA is a vital part of that mission. As Administrator, Mr

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Loons on Lake Jocassee draw scientists as well as birdwatchers

Anderson Independent-Mail

Date: 2/14/2017 8:35:00 AM

LAKE JOCASSEE ? The first question that comes to mind about the loons wintering on Lake Jocassee is why are they here? The common loon normally winters on the Atlantic or Gulf coasts, but well over 100 seem to find the cold, crystal clear waters of Lake

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Wear It With Pride: A national trend of city-centric apparel has arrived in Greenville

upstatebusinessjournal.com

Date: 2/10/2017 6:41:00 AM

The brand sells T-shirts for local spots including Paris Mountain, Table Rock, Jones Gap, the Swamp Rabbit Trail, Falls Park, and Lake Jocassee. The Landmark Project debuted at the 2013 Indie Craft Parade, where it was a fast hit. “We started doing

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'Firewise' meeting to offer ways Lake Jocassee residents can protect against wildfires

FOX Carolina

Date: 2/7/2017 2:59:00 AM

The non-profit group Friends of Jocassee will host a meeting Tuesday at Devil’s Fork State Park to inform people living in the area about protecting their homes from wildfire and how controlled burns can help. Per a news release, the "Firewise" meeting

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Are there Stripers In Lake Jocassee

odumagazine.com

Date: 2/7/2017 2:44:00 AM

North Carolina Sportsman reported first: Lake Jocassee is known for large lake trout, great smallmouth and largemouth fishing, but anyone in the Upstate will tell you the lake does not have stripers. But Evans and Brent Lalas found out last week there was

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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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