The mountain spring-fed Lake Jocassee encompassed by the Jocassee Gorges, waterfalls accessible only by boat and some of the best South Carolina trout fishing are all part of the allure of Devils Fork State Park.
The land around 7,565-acre Lake Jocassee remains mostly undeveloped and the only public access point to the lake is through Devils Fork. Four mountain streams and several waterfalls feed into the lake, making it cooler than others and a great South Carolina trout fishing spot. Plus, the unusually clear water of Lake Jocassee is a haven for scuba divers and swimmers. During the spring months, hikers on the Oconee Bell Nature Trail are treated to sightings of the endangered Oconee bell wildflower.
Overnight guests can stay in a fully-furnished villa or in one of two campgrounds located near Lake Jocassee.
Swimming: Swimming is permitted in Lake Jocassee. There is no roped-off swimming area and lifeguards are not provided. You may swim at your own risk.
Picnic Shelters: Yes
Playground: There are two playgrounds located on the park. One playground is located in the picnic area for day-use guests. The other is located in the villa area for villa guests to use.
ishing Information: Jocassee is the only lake in South Carolina offering both trophy trout and a smallmouth bass, and has become a favorite fishing spot for anglers throughout the Southeast. The deep, crystal-clear water provides an excellent habitat for many species of fish, including brown trout, rainbow trout, white bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegill and black crappie. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.
Boating and Boat Access: Four boat ramps provide boat access to Lake Jocassee. It is not permitted to leave your boat docked for periods of time exceeding one hour. Lake levels fluctuate frequently and it is recommended to trailer boats if left unattended. Boaters are required to pay the daily park admission in order to launch their personal craft, rental boats or to go on private lake tours.
Canoe/Kayak Rentals: On-site boat rentals that include canoe/kayak, pontoon and SUP are provided by Eclectic Sun. For more information on rentals and pricing, please visit their website.
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