Justin Winter's Carolina Lake and Mountain Blog

Shoreline Buffers along our Lakes

For those who enjoy the beautiful blue and clear waters of Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee, we must understand and appreciate the role that shoreline vegetation and buffers play. Plant life along the shoreline of a lake provides much more than just a natural look. In addition to the aesthetic appeal, this vegetation protects the… Read more »

The Old Pickens Presbyterian Church – Doors Open Sunday, October 28th!

Sunday, October 28th marks the last day of 2018 that you can enjoy the doors being open to a local historic site. The Old Pickens Presbyterian Church will be closed until spring of 2019 after October 28th. The doors will be open between 2:30 and 5:00pm on that date. This building is on the National… Read more »

Small Towns of Western North Carolina

Many people are familiar with Asheville, North Carolina, especially residents of The Cliffs and The Reserve, as this stunning city is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is exploding with art and delicious restaurants (and so much more)! But what about some of the smaller towns nestled in the surrounding areas? Let’s explore a… Read more »

Travel to a Rainforest!

Many people have a list of places they have or would like to travel to. The vibrant blue waters of the Pacific Ocean; the snowcapped mountains of the Swiss Alps; perhaps a rainforest rich in flora and fauna. Well, thankfully for residents of the upstate in South Carolina, the last request is an easy one!… Read more »

Tamassee DAR School

Riding through the area surrounding Lake Keowee, one sees the natural beauty of the area but many years back, people who lived in these isolated mountain areas had to face difficulties with little help. One of the main problems was having no schools near their homes so many children were faced with illiteracy. This led… Read more »

Ready for the Sunshine?

Spring is here and like most people, you are ready to shed the heavy winter layers and enjoy some sunshine! The Lake Keowee area is a perfect spot to soak up some rays. Go for a walk and enjoy the mountain vistas or work a while in your garden. Regardless of what you do in… Read more »

Rush Hour

Trip and Judy Agerton had successful careers in Atlanta, but neither enjoyed the bumper-to-bumper drive home. “Now we take a cruise on the lake many evenings,” Trip said. “We drop anchor, uncork a bottle of wine, and watch the sun setting behind the mountains. We named the boat ‘Our Rush Hour’.” The Agertons searched all… Read more »

Update for Lake Keowee Dock Owners

There is no denying that Lake Keowee has brought enjoyment to countless people over the years. It is a pristine lake with crystal clear water! This lake is also home to a wide variety of fish and wildlife. With the beauty and wildlife in mind, Duke Energy and the Keowee-Toxaway Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) are… Read more »

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