Justin Winter's Carolina Lake and Mountain Blog

Scuba Diving Certification here in The Upstate

Since 2004, Clemson University has been teaching a course on scuba diving as part of their Leisure Skills curriculum.   The course is part of several Clemson offers to give students more opportunities to introduce themselves to new activities while counting as credits towards their degree. The program was launched back in 1972 after campus… Read more »

Jocassee Lake Tours

One of the most treasured features of our Upstate area is the Jocassee Gorges.  Named as one of “50 of the World’s Last Great Places” by National Geographic, this destination is rich with wildlife and is internationally known as a diverse and unique bird habitat with falcons and even bald eagles being spotted by its… Read more »

National Boating Safety Week 2021

This past year has been one of the “craziest” we have ever seen here around Lake Keowee. The influx of people moving from big cities to enjoy the serenity of our beautiful lake town has significantly driven up not only the real estate market but the boating market as well!  With that being said, it… Read more »

Beyond the Surface: Lake Jocassee

When we think about Lake Jocassee we tend to envision the vast blue water, endless views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, numerous waterfalls, and maybe even the gorges and protected forests that surround.  But did you know that Lake Jocassee is actually a man-made reservoir, and that underneath, homes and structures are still visible? We… Read more »

Come Tour One of the Finest Lake Front Settings in the South East!

    Lake Jocassee is often referred to as “the Lake Tahoe of the East”, and 401 Eagle Nest Court, on southern Lake Jocassee, exemplifies the magnificent and exclusive beauty found on this very special lake. Simply one of the finest lake front settings in the south east. Enjoy the most beautiful views of the southeastern… Read more »

SC State Parks to Reopen May 1st!

Good News for this weekend!  The South Carolina State Parks are set to reopen on Friday, May 1st.  Please understand that there are some limitations to the reopening. Picnic shelters, visitor centers, and community buildings will still be closed.  Each park will also lower the capacity.  Once the park reaches its threshold, the gates will… Read more »

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