This trip from Keowee-Toxaway State Park gives a paddler the chance to explore the upper end of Lake Keowee, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Paddle up a finger of the lake to the mouth of Eastatoe Creek, a beautiful mountain stream and popular trout fishery.
The canoe access at Keowee Toxaway State Park can be used as a put in and take out. The lake is flatwater.
The park's canoe/kayak access area provides private, non-motorized boat access to Lake Keowee. From the launch, paddle to the right (northeast) and follow the forested bank. At about 1 mile from the launch on the right, look for a large a very large beaver dam. At about 1.5 miles from the launch, you reach the mouth of Eastatoe Creek. You can paddle into Eastatoe Creek as far as the water will let you. If you feel like extending your trip by foot, you can hike up the creek mouth. Paddle back any way that you like.
There is an opportunity for lakeside primitive camping at the park. These campsites can be reached by paddling from the launch, or by hiking from the parking lot. Developed campsites are also available. Contact the park to make reservations for either camping option.
There is no designated swimming area at the park and lifeguards are not provided. You may swim at your own risk. Admission is free. Days and Hours of Operation: Sa-Th 9am-6pm; Fri 9am-8pm (extended to 9 PM Monday-Sunday during Daylight Saving Time). For more information, visit the park's website.