Lake Keowee

Lake Keowee


Lake Keowee- South Carolina
Lake Keowee Information

Lake Keowee is a beautiful blue water lake that is surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains.  This lake has over 18,000 acres, and 300 miles of shoreline, and is fed by many fresh water mountain streams.  There are several waterfalls that can be seen by boat, canoe, or jet ski.  Keowee is a name derived by the Cherokee Indian language that means place of the mulberries.  Lake Keowee is owned and operated by Duke Energy Company.

History of Lake Keowee:
Lake Keowee provides memories of the once fertile and prosperous Keowee Valley. The Valley was lush with abundant wildlife and fed by the mighty Keowee River. This valley was also home to over 400 Cherokee Indians at their capital, Keowee Village, on the banks of the Keowee River. It was once noted that in 1721 that 450 Cherokees lived at the village consisting of 168 men, 155 women and 127 children. The centerpiece of the village was a council house where social events and meetings took place. The council house was a doomed type structure held up by large timbers. This and other structures were usually located on higher ground since near the river there were always chances of it flooding. The residence houses were normally located further away from the council house. These residences were built of a series of upright posts, clay and thatch. Normally, only one family would live in a home. In 1753 the South Carolina governor, James Glen, began the construction of Fort Prince George to protect the Cherokees from the French. It was believed the Cherokee would be a valuable to trade with so the Governor wanted to protect the interest of South Carolina. Because of this deep and interesting history, extensive archaeological excavations were done at the site of Keowee Village and Fort Prince George.   In the 18 months prior to flooding the Keowee Valley, it was discovered that the fort included numerous buildings, a palisade, earthen walls and a dried out mote. The entire fort was excavated except for the mote area which only had some sampling. During the excavations three skeletons were found that were thought to be Native Americans.

Called the “Golden Corner” of the Upstate, the residents on Lake Keowee live in an area unparalleled to any other. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with over 400,000 acres of undisturbed forests, and 350 miles of shoreline you will be hard pressed to find any other lake like this anywhere else. With only about ¼ of the lake developed, the natural beauty of the lake emerges. Leisure activities are seemingly endless on Lake Keowee. Swimming, fishing, boating, camping, kayaking and hiking just a few of the activities you may enjoy.  Near by the Chattooga river provides white water rafting and is only just a few miles away.




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