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Lake Keowee

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Lake Keowee

Located in Pickens and Oconee Counties, Lake Keowee is a large reservoir with extending into the Blue Ridge Foothills of South Carolina. There are numerous paddling opportunities from boat launches and parks. The best water for paddling is often found by paddling into the long fingers and coves of the lake, which have less motor boat traffic, are protected from the wind, and are sometimes less developed. Non-summer seasons are often good for paddling because of lower traffic, but summer is a fun time to paddle, swim and splash around. Lake Keowee's smooth water provides good opportunities for stand-up paddle boarding. 

Koewee-Toxaway State Park offers a canoe/kayak launch and an opportunity for camping. Mile Creek Park offers kayak rentals and camping. 

Formed by the impoundment of the Little and Keowee Rivers, Lake Keowee has a mean depth of 50 feet and a maximum depth of 155 feet.

Suggested Trips (1)

Featured trips for this waterway showing difficulty (circles) and current runnability status (squares). .

(Credit: SC Wildlife Magazine)
(Credit: SCDNR)
(Credit: Tanner Arrington)
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