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Lakes Jocassee and Keowee, South of the Appalachian Mountains in Southeastern USA

34.9N 82.9W

April 23rd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

USA - April 4th, 2010

USA - April 4th, 2010

Several lakes and rivers can be seen south of the Appalachian Mountains in the southeastern United States of America. The navy blue body of water at the foot of the mountains is Lake Jocassee, a 7,500-acre (30 km2), 300-foot (91 m) deep reservoir located in northwest South Carolina. The hydroelectric dam that formed the lake is 385 feet (117 m) high and 1,750 feet (530 m) long.

The clean and cold Appalachian mountain rivers that feed the lake keep its waters cool year-round. A confluence of four rivers supplies Lake Jocassee’s water. The farthest west of the rivers, the Whitewater River, flows southeast until it meets the northwest corner of Lake Jocassee. The Thompson River flows due south until it too reaches the lake in the northwest corner. The Horsepasture River feeds the lake from the northeast corner, along with the Toxaway River, which is directly east of the Horsepasture River.

The Jocassee Hydro Station, located in the southeast corner of Lake Jocassee, separates it from the beginning of Lake Keowee, also known as the Keowee River. Lake Keowee’s furthest extent to the south brings it close to the city of Seneca.

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