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Project Recreation

The Keowee-Toxaway Project provides many recreational opportunities for you to enjoy. Duke Energy has built numerous public access areas along the shorelines of both Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee opening the lakes to boating, camping-both primitive and RV, swimming and tournament-caliber fishing. Several state trout records have been set at Lake Jocassee.

Numerous recreational opportunities also abound outside of the water-based recreation at the Project reservoirs. The Project lies at the heart of 167,000 acres of state parks, gamelands, and national forests. Visitors can hunt the thousands of acres managed for public hunting and fishing, hike for days in pristine wilderness along the 76-mile long Foothills Trail, and view breathtaking vistas including a view of Whitewater Falls, one of the highest cascades in eastern America.

In December 2008, Duke Energy filed a Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the Project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Upon approval of the RMP by the FERC, construction of the following additional recreational enhancements can begin:

  • Additional parking and restrooms
  • Courtesy docks
  • Additional picnic areas, some of which will be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible
  • Additional bank fishing, some of which will be ADA accessible
  • Walking trails