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Lake Jocassee
4.5
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Maplecrest Lodging at Lake Jocassee located in Salem, South Carolina is perfect for family gatherings or a romantic vacation getaway. There are accommodations for 8 guests and ample boat parking onsite. The boat ramp at Devils Fork State Park is just two minutes (1 mile) from our location. Local activities include guided waterfall tours, waterfall trail hikes, boat or paddle board rentals . FOND VACATION MEMORIES BEGIN HERE
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  • arb1218
    Irmo, South Carolina23 contributions
    Crystal Blue Water
    We stopped in the state park at Lake Jocassee and were amazed by the crystal blue waters. The park ranger was super friendly and told us about several waterfalls that are accessible by water. We plan to return in the summer to check them out!
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 16, 2020
  • kfoodman
    17 contributions
    The Jewel of South Carolina
    I'm a South Carolina native, but I've traveled extensively and can tell you that this is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Located near the South and North Carolina border and nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this famous clean and pristine lake has six amazing waterfalls and blue-green waters and is one of the most picturesque lakes imaginable. This clear lake attracts visitors from everywhere and is located in the Devil’s Fork State Park. Its reservoir is over 300 feet deep with a cemetery at the bottom of the lake. The best way to see this lake is by boat – it may be a little too large see with a kayak unless you have a few days. Be sure and make a ramp reservations in advance if you’d like to visit with your own boat because it gets busy quick.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Diane S
    Columbia, South Carolina1 contribution
    The BEST
    I was on the Jocassee boat tour Saturday July 11, 2023 with Jennifer. Jennifer was fantastic as a guide. She had lots of knowledge about the history of the lake and surrounding , flora & fauna. She was very accommodating to those that wanted to swim and explore. I would go on another tour with her in a minute.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
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Diane S
Columbia, SC1 contribution
Jul 2023
I was on the Jocassee boat tour Saturday July 11, 2023 with Jennifer. Jennifer was fantastic as a guide. She had lots of knowledge about the history of the lake and surrounding , flora & fauna. She was very accommodating to those that wanted to swim and explore. I would go on another tour with her in a minute.
Written 14 August 2023
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kfoodman
atlanta17 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
I'm a South Carolina native, but I've traveled extensively and can tell you that this is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Located near the South and North Carolina border and nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this famous clean and pristine lake has six amazing waterfalls and blue-green waters and is one of the most picturesque lakes imaginable. This clear lake attracts visitors from everywhere and is located in the Devil’s Fork State Park.
Its reservoir is over 300 feet deep with a cemetery at the bottom of the lake. The best way to see this lake is by boat – it may be a little too large see with a kayak unless you have a few days. Be sure and make a ramp reservations in advance if you’d like to visit with your own boat because it gets busy quick.

Written 17 July 2023
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jlantern3
Columbia, SC12,513 contributions
Oct 2022
what a beautiful lake. this man made lake is a stunner. great for boating and waterfalls. a gem of a lake worthy of multiple visits
Written 17 October 2022
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792dond
Bluffton, SC25 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Absolutely beautiful lake! Incredible views of the mountains to go along with the clear lake. Excellent boating lake.
Written 29 July 2022
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Joseph Robba
Charlotte, NC2,198 contributions
Oct 2021
Lake Jocasee is like mini lake Tahoe out in Upstate South Carolina. The water quality here is super clear, and many parts of the lake glow with a blue tint. It's gorgeous. There are lots of waterfalls that you'll need a boat to see, but there are also some great spots to land your boat on an island in the lake and just hang out. We went in October, and while air temps were starting to starting to drop to the high 60's, the water was still pretty warm, and comfortable for swimming in.
Written 19 October 2021
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243MicheleB
Pittsburgh, PA162 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Beautiful lake. Can't see sights without boat. We arrived midmorning. All rental boats (mostly pontoons) were gone. We were told if we wanted a tour we should have signed up and paid the week before. Disappointed
Written 31 May 2021
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Gee
Spartanburg, SC1 contribution
Jul 2020
I visited the new dive ramp on Bootleg rd. at Devils Fork on Thursday,07/16/20.
As per Jocassee tradition, the water was clear with a 25ft. viz. water temp was about 79deg. The Restrooms were at that time clean and sanitized and the general appearance of the dive ramp was well kept and clean. A great swimming area. As for diving, well, not much to see, in fact there is nothing underwater. (at least not yet. I don't know what the plans are for the future). The Max depth at this location was about 37ft at the deepest spot. so in my opinion, as I said, a great swimming area, but not so much of a diving adventure unless your looking to just get wet and spend some alone time beneath the surface.
Written 17 July 2020
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kiko1857
West Columbia, SC6 contributions
Jul 2020
The boat tours are a must.The water is awesome very private.Great place to hike with water falls all so.
Written 14 July 2020
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Deer G
Bahamas2 contributions
May 2020 • Family
There was nice water but the rangers are mean and you can not park golf carts no where I will never come back.
Written 31 May 2020
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arb1218
Irmo, SC23 contributions
Jan 2020
We stopped in the state park at Lake Jocassee and were amazed by the crystal blue waters. The park ranger was super friendly and told us about several waterfalls that are accessible by water. We plan to return in the summer to check them out!
Written 16 January 2020
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