Lake Jocassee offers numerous coves and beaches, and sailors will find few others there throughout much of the year. Photo by Johnny Corn.
South Carolina – a lakelubbers paradise
Inland sailing lakes of South Carolina.
Got a trailerable sailboat? Live in the vicinity of the Palmetto State? You’re in luck. From the Upstate to the Low Country, there are a raft of lake-sailing possibilities. By Dan Dickison
ou might not guess it, but trailer sailing is one of the most popular segments of the sport in the United States. Since roughly the late 1940s, it has been acknowledged as an affordable way of enjoying time on the water, and in the southeastern United States, there are lots of places to discover that enjoyment under sail. In South Carolina alone, trailer sailors have a wealth of choices, from coastal cruising to extended river exploration to daysailing on dozens of lakes. What’s most inviting about the Palmetto State is that in less than half a day’s drive from any corner,
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you can experience totally different environmental surroundings. The variety runs from low-lying, marshenshrouded estuaries to lakes with steep, rocky shores surrounded by evergreen forests. Here’s a primer for some of the most alluring lake options. Lake Jocassee In the northerly region, along the Georgia border, Lake Jocassee beckons with amazing forested vistas surrounding a crystal-clear waterway boasting some 75 miles of shoreline, the majority of which is undeveloped. Sailors (and other boaters) can launch at one of four public ramps in Devils Fork State Park at the south end of the lake. The lake itself is formed by the confluence of four rivers, which means that if your timing is right, it’s possible to see waterfalls cascading into some of the many coves that line the lake. (In Southwinds’ August 2012 issue, we offered a more detailed look at sailing on Lake Jocassee, nicely illustrated with photos from Johnny Corn, who regularly tows his MacGregor 22 to the lake for evening and occasional weekend outings. In that piece, Corn advised readers to be wary of the weather at all times because, like most lakes, the conditions here can change with little notice. But the good news is that few sailors make the trek here, so it’s not uncommon to have much of the lake to yourself.)
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