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Lake Jocassee is a fresh water dive site, located at 161 Holcombe Cir, Salem, SC 29676. This dive site has an average rating of 3.71 out of 5 from 35 scuba divers. The maximum depth is over 150ft/46m. The average visibility is 11-15ft/3-5m. This dive site provides bathrooms and airfills. Training platforms are available.

Lake Jocasse is nestled in the mountains between North Carolina and South Carolina, also not too far from Ga. Plenty of great diving here, as well as camping and equipment rentals. There are several ramps here, 1 that is exclusive to divers and there is enough to keep divers coming back over and over again.

The graveyard scene in the movie "Deliverance" was filmed here, now residing at about 130’ below the surface.


The waters of Lake Jocassee are some of the cleanest and clearest waters in the Southeast, providing for excellent visibility for all types of divers. Visibility is usually over 15 feet, and over 50 feet at some depths. There are many locations on Lake Jocassee that provide excellent opportunities for diving trips. Some dive spots that can be reached by boat are:
•Big Wall/Small Wall - depth 35 ft.
•South Wall – depth 70 ft.
•Junk (sunken boat) – depth 60 ft.
•Jenny’s Drift – depth 35 ft.
•Stalk Canyon – depth 35 ft.
•Windless Point – depth 30 ft.

Water temperatures in the summer range from 75 to 78 degrees, with winter water temperatures ranging from 45 to 50 degrees. Lake Jocassee is a deep water reservoir maintained by Duke Energy. For up-to-date information on water temperature or lake levels, please visit the Duke Energy website.

Scuba diving charters, classes, and certifications are routinely offered by several area scuba shops. Advanced arrangements should be made with a scuba diving outfitter prior to your visit to Devils Fork State Park. Several shops will charter trips and classes to different locations on Lake Jocassee.

Devils Fork State Park does not rent or supply any type of equipment or oxygen (Not written by a diver)
refills. The closest rental/refill locations are less than one mile from the park. Local businesses that offer information pertaining to scuba diving include The Scuba Shop and Jocassee Outdoor Center.

Admission & Parking

Devils Fork State Park is open year round. The cost of admission to the park is a daily fee of $2.00 per person ages 16-65. Children 15 and under are admitted free, and SC senior citizens and disabled residents are charged $1.25 per person. All divers are responsible for paying the park admission fees and properly displaying day use passes in all vehicles.

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wgr21 - 14 days 7 hours ago.
I went scuba diving here on 6/17/2022. Average viz: 21-25ft/6-8m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
jjjoekelly - 2/18/2015 10:03 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/8/2012. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 61-65°F/16-18°C.
GeorgiaGirl - 2/11/2015 6:26 PM
Rating Added: 3
Have logged most of my 100 dives here. The cemetery is a very cool dive. I always get narced!
jerome661987 - 8/02/2014 1:01 PM
Rating Added: 3
Great place to keep skills sharp! Dive with the Scuba Shop of Spartanburg, great dive shop!
They have three dive boats (pontoons) and a nice place 1/2 mile from the devils state park landing.
ChuckJeter - 7/04/2014 7:13 PM
Rating Added: 5
Great place to dive. Numerous dive sites with abundant marine life. Site offers shore diving at remote boat ramp, and boat diving near the wall, as well as numerous other diving opportunities.
cutabovehost - 6/03/2013 10:10 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/25/2013. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
I was out on my lake check dive which was the first time out diving in the lake since 2008. I did my refresher course through Precious Cargo LLC. Michael did a great job in helping me go over the materials and giving me all kind of pointers to make me a better diver. He has so much knowledge when it comes to diving, I know we talked for hours.

My problem on this dive was since I had a 7MM wetsuit I was very buoyant and kept having a tendency to float back up. I expended a lot of air having to swim downward periodically to get back in the group on the bottom.
cutabovehost - 6/03/2013 10:02 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/1/2013. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
Went Diving with DBD Dive Charters. You can find her details and scheduled outings on her Facebook page

I had a small air leak which kind of made me panic at the surface thinking that my dive was over before it began, but she knew things would be alright and even helped me pick the right amount of weight to use. Can’t wait to get the money to go back out on another dive trip.
cutabovehost - 6/03/2013 9:51 PM
Rating Added: 4
I always have a good time at this lake. It is much better than Lake Hartwell.
TimClark - 6/19/2012 6:34 PM
Rating Added: 3
Did our deep dive check outs here. Water was cold at depth, around 54 degrees at 97 feet! Chilly! Did the wall and wreck, fun dive.
Greg - 8/23/2012 12:40 PM
54 degrees in June!
NGAGUY - 2/16/2012 5:07 PM
Rating Added: 3
I give this 3 stars for the simple face that its a good place to train/ practice and a peaceful place to chill out. I have been there on days were the viz is about 35 feet and days about 10 feet or so, also it gets around 55 degrees at 60 feet and I think it was around 45-50 at 130........Good place to get wet.