Lake Jocassee - Devil's Fork State Park
Salem, South Carolina
Dive SiteLake Jocassee, Non-motorized Boat Ramp - Salem, SC
Lake Jocassee is a lake in Devil's Fork State Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in upstate South Carolina. It is a manmade lake created by the building of a dam in 1973. Its clear mountain waters make it ideal for scuba diving. The maximum depth is over 360 feet and visibility is usually between 20 and 50 feet. In the summer, water temperatures are between 73 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and between 44 and 56 degrees in the winter. Not only are the waters clear, but Lake Jocassee has some surprising things hidden at the bottom.
Columbia Scuba frequently travels to Devil's Fork State Park on Lake Jocassee, Salem, South Carolina for fun dives and training.
We primarily use two areas immediately to the east and southwest of the non-motorized boat ramp within the state park (see map images below). The lake's accessibility makes it an ideal spot for dive training and recreational diving.
On the other side of lake, accessible by boat, there are additional dive sites ranging from the shallower Chinese Junk (35'
- 50') to a technical dive down to the Attakulla Lodge at 300'. There is also the Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery at 150'.
Lake Jocassee's non-motorized boat ramp does have toilets. However, there are no showers or running water.