Devils Fork State Park
161 Holcombe CIR | Salem, SC 29676 | Phone: 864-944-2639 | Toll Free: 866-345-7275 |

Things To Do

Devils Fork Birding Checklist Boating on Lake Jocassee


  • Fishing Information : Jocassee is the only lake in South Carolina offering both trophy trout and a smallmouth bass, and has become a favorite fishing spot for anglers throughout the Southeast. The deep, crystal-clear water provides an excellent habitat for many species of fish, including brown trout, rainbow trout, white bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegill and black crappie. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.


  • Boating and Boat Access : Four boat ramps provide boat access to Lake Jocassee. It is not recommended that you leave your boat docked overnight due to the fluctuations in water level.

  • Canoe/Kayak Rentals : On-site boat rentals that include canoe/kayak, pontoon and SUP are provided by Eclectic Sun. For more information on rentals and pricing, please visit their website.


  • Picnic Area and Shelters : To make a picnic shelter reservation, call toll-free 1-866-345-PARK or make it online by clicking on Park Reservation button located at the upper right hand corner of this page. Note: Admission is not included in shelter price. Rates listed do not include applicable tax and nonrefundable reservation costs.
  • Wireless Internet Access : Complimentary wi-fi is available at the Ranger Station and in all villas, for park guests. Please check at the ranger station for password information.

  • Playground Equipment : Yes
  • Park Store/Gift Shop : The park store, located in the Ranger Station, is open daily from 9am-5pm, year-round, and includes limited grocery items, snacks, souvenirs and firewood.

  • Picnic Shelters : Yes
  • Playground : There are two playgrounds located on the park. One playground is located in the picnic area for day-use guests. The other is located in the villa area for villa guests to use.

  • Swimming : Swimming is permitted in Lake Jocassee. There is no roped-off swimming area and lifeguards are not provided. You may swim at your own risk.

  • Geocaching : Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.

  • Scuba Diving : The waters of Lake Jocassee are some of the cleanest and clearest in the Southeast, providing excellent visibility for all types of divers. For more information on scuba diving at the park, visit our SCUBA page on this website.


  • Hiking Trails : The Bear Cove Trail, a loop trail that begins and ends between the two picnic shelters, is located in the day-use area. This moderate hiking trail is 2 miles in length and winds through a predominately hardwood forest.

  • Walking/Nature Trails : The Oconee Bell Nature Trail is an easy 1-mile loop trail that received its name for the rare wildflower that can be found along the footpath.