Lake Hartwell, a man-made lake bordering Georgia and South Carolina, is one of the southeast's largest and most popular public recreation lakes. The lake is created by Hartwell Dam and comprises nearly 56,000 acres of water with a shoreline of 962 miles. The entire Hartwell “Project” contains 76,450 acres of land and water. Interstate 85 bisects Hartwell Lake and makes the area easily accessible to visitors
Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1955 and 1963 as part of a flood control, hydropower, and navigation project, authorized purposes now include recreation, water quality, water supply, and fish and wildlife management. Each year, millions of people utilize the many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds conveniently located around the lake to pursue a variety of outdoor recreational experiences -making Hartwell one of the most visited lakes in the nation. The Hartwell Dam and Lake has prevented over $13.7 million in flood damages since 1962. From: http://www.sas.usace.army.mil/lakes/hartwell/
Lake Keowee is a spectacular blue water lake surrounded by the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. The lake has over 18,000 acres, 300 miles of shoreline, and is fed by fresh water mountain streams. Keowee means place of the mulberries in the Cherokee Indian language. Lake Keowee is owned and managed by Duke Power Company.
Lake Jocassee is a 7650 acre lake surrounded mostly by wilderness. There is only one public launch off the lake and limited development. This lake is surrounded by mountains and has 75 miles of shoreline.