The Chattooga River

Mountain Lakes Vacation Rentals offers a variety of vacation rental homes and cabins on the lakes of Oconee County, South Carolina including: Lake Keowee, Lake Hartwell, Lake Chattooga, and Lake Chereokee. Our office building is conveniently located on SC Hwy 11. Our office and maintenance personnel are Oconee County residents and are well prepared to answer any questions or solve any problems you might have. To make a reservation call us during office hours at 800-610-0020 or visit our search page where you may make a reservation any time. For emergencies our answering service is available at the same number 24/7. Click here for our Map and Guide to the Chattooga River Area


 Lake Jocassee & Devils Fork State Park

Lake Jocassee is a 7,565 acre 300-foot deep man-made lake in the South Carolina mountains with 5 miles of shoreline at full pond elevation of 1,110 feet. Formed by the Whitewater, Thompson, and Toxaway Rivers, Lake Jocassee is known for its mostly undeveloped shoreline, several waterfalls that cascade directly into the lake, views of the Jocassee Gorges Wildlife Management Area and the surrounding mountains. A variety of fish may be found in the clear, cold water including brown and rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, and sunfish. The lake is operated by Duke Power Company. Public access is through Devils Fork State Park where camping and cabins are available. Primitive camping is available at the Double Springs remote campground managed by the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

The Jocassee gorges area was once home to the part of the Cherokee Nation; it now lies 300 feet beneath the surface of the lake, near the Toxaway River. Nearby Keowee Town was a major hub in the Cherokee Path that connected Cherokee towns and villages throughout the area. Early 18th century traders delivered as many as 200,000 deerskins annually to Charleston, South Carolina and local Indians became well supplied with European firearms, ammunition, tools and clothing as a result. However, mounting discord between Europeans and Cherokees led to war in 1759. In 1785, General Andrew Pickens hosted a large gathering of Indian chiefs leading to a treaty that gave all of the Jocassee gorges area, with the exception of northern Oconee County, to the United States; the Oconee mountains were not ceded until 1815. European settlers, mostly of Scottish and Irish descent, came from Virginia and Pennsylvania as well as from Charleston. Land grants in the Jocassee area go back to 1791.

A rare wildflower, the Oconee bell, native to only a few counties in the Blue Ridge area, was discovered in the area in 1788 by French botanist Andre Michaux. The creation of Lake Jocassee is said to have caused the destruction of the heart of the species' range.[1] More recently, biologists have documented the occurrence of a number of rare, threatened and endangered species. The Eastatoee Gorge Heritage Preserve was transferred from Duke Power Company to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in 1979 due to the extremely diverse flora occurring there.

Mountain Lakes offers several vacation rentals 20 minutes or less from Lake Jocassee.
4-158 Keowee Harbour: Summer: Wk $1996.05; 5Nt* $1720.49; 3Nt** $1169.38
Lake Keowee Vacation Rentals  (VRBO #575622)
4Br/3Ba Sleep 8
 King, Qn, Full, 2Sgl
 1980SqFt Blt 2000
 Screened Porch
 Jocassee -17mi
2 Fireplace
Satellite TV
Wet Bar
Great View
Warpath Ramp -2
High Falls -7mi
Seneca, SC -10mi
Keowee Marina -10
Clemson -11mi
South Cove -14


Also consider these nearby houses on Lake Hartwell.

Lake Hartwell - 960 miles of shoreline and 56,000 acres. Mountain Lakes represents over 70 vacation rental homes on Lake Hartwell. We have listed here those in the northwestern area of Lake Hartwell convenient to The Chattooga River area. These are about 45 minutes or less from the Chattooga River at Hwy 76.

 2-431 Foxwood Retreat: Summer: Wk $1002.90; 5Nt* $866.78; 3Nt** $594.53
 2Br/2Ba Sleep 7-9
 3Full, 1Sgl, Futon
 900 Sq. Ft.
 Single Level
 Screened Porch
Foxwood Hills Resort
Pool, Tennis,
Golf -5 mi
Cable TV, WiFi
TyCobb Medical -20
Lk. Hartwell SP -11
Harbor Light -16
Lavonia, GA -18mi
Toccoa, GA -19mi
Tugaloo Pk -21mi
Clemson -24mi
5-435 Foxwood #4: Summer: Wk $1924.50; 5Nt* $1659.68; 3Nt**$1130.03
 3400 SqFt
 2King, 5Qn,
 2 Sgl, Futon
Pets? Maybe CALL
2 Fireplaces
Screened Porch
Foxwood Pool, Tennis
Foxwood Golf -5 mi
Chickasaw Golf -8 mi
Choestoea -2 mi.
Mullins Ford -3mi
Harbor Light -15
Westminster, SC -9mi
Toccoa, GA -18mi
Clemson -24mi
PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise specified all the homes we represent have the following features: Lake Front, Private Dock, Washer/Dryer, Central Heat & Air Conditioning, TV, Grill, Microwave.
Smoking is not permitted inside any of the houses
(Unless otherwise specified)
Pets are not permitted on the premises except in certain houses and then only if specifically approved by Mountain Lakes.
All homes are privately owned and used frequently by the owner, they are fully furnished and well equipped.
Homes are rented primarily for summer family vacations but are available at any time of the year.
Ask about our FREE pontoon boat special.
Unlike many, the prices we quote include all fees and taxes.
There are no other charges except Pet Fees if you bring a pet. A tip of $3 per bag is required if you leave trash for the maid to take.
W/E*** 3 night Weekend prices apply only when weekends are available (Generally no more than a month in advance)
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