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7 Water Sports to Enjoy on Lake Keowee

The Top Water Sports on Lake Keowee

A day exploring Lake Keowee is good for the body, mind and soul. Being out on the water and taking in the striking views of beautiful Upstate South Carolina leads to unforgettable memories.

Whether you want to be in the water all day, or just get your toes wet, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Let’s take a closer look at what thrilling water sports you can take part in the next time you’re out on Lake Keowee. 

1. Swimming 

Summer is for swimming, and what better way to enjoy the water than with the Carolina mountains as the backdrop? There are many private swimming areas where you can take a dip and cool off from the heat. Trust us, every member of the family will enjoy making a splash on Lake Keowee –– maybe even your four-legged friend, too. 

2. Fishing

If you’re looking for a quiet way to appreciate the scenic views of the lake, find a cove to cast your rod and test your luck at fishing. These waters are home to all four black bass species such as the Spotted Bass, Redeye Bass, and both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. You may also find Crappie, Catfish and Bluegill fish swimming in Lake Keowee. 

3. Paddle Boarding

Paddle boarding is a great way to enjoy the lake while getting your daily workout in. This sport consists of standing on a paddleboard, similar to that of a surfboard while paddling to propel yourself through the water. It may take a little getting used to, but once you’ve found your balance, you won’t want to stop.

4. Kayaking

Another one of the many water sports you can participate in to stay active is kayaking. With more than 300 miles of shoreline along Lake Keowee, there’s plenty to explore. You can either go out on the lake solo, or grab a friend and share the experience in a tandem kayak. 

5. Boating

Whether you’re going out on a pontoon boat for a serene sunset cruise or taking a tow boat out for more extreme water sports, Lake Keowee is the perfect place to enjoy any type of boating. The lake’s size makes boating a great way to easily move around the water, and a fun water sports the family can take advantage of year-round. 

6. Jet Skiing

If you’re searching for something to get your adrenaline pumping, you should consider jet skiing on Lake Keowee. Jet skiing is a great way to enjoy the water and take in the mountain views that surround the lake. Jet skis can go quite fast, often around 50 mph, so be sure to hold on tight!

7. Wakeboarding

Another adrenaline-pumping activity to try is wakeboarding. This physically-demanding water sport requires balance, coordination and strength. Once you get the hang of it, you can put your skills to the test with impressive jumps and other tricks. If wakeboarding is too difficult, give tubing a try for a similar, less demanding experience. 

The Lake Region at The Cliffs

The Lake Region makes it easy to enjoy all of the amenities of lakeside living. This region is home to three of our premier communities at The Cliffs: The Cliffs at Keowee Falls, The Cliffs at Keowee Springs, and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards. Each of which are just a short boat ride away from each other, making it easy to stay connected with other members and participate in all of the amenities offered at The Cliffs. 

The Beach Club

Spending the day at The Beach Club is a perfect way for the whole family to enjoy soaking up the sun’s rays. Located within the Keowee Springs community, children can play on the winding water slides, while the adults cool off with a refreshing drink and catch up with other members. 

Along with exceptional water facilities, The Beach Club offers access to our Watersports Program at The Cliffs. Whether it’s your first time trying a new watersport, or you are looking to learn new ways to improve your form, our knowledgeable staff can help! Our Outdoor Pursuits team creates customized experiences to explore the crystal clear waters of Lake Keowee no matter your skill level. For more information about our Watersports Program click here

Surf Shop

From The Beach Club, members can head down to the lake shore and take advantage of our exclusive Surf Shop. Here, we have paddle boards or kayaks available to glide over the water and enjoy a fun day on the lake. As always, our experienced staff is available to lend a helping hand with the equipment before you set out on your adventure.


The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards houses our full-service Marina with space to dock your boat, a fuel dock, a ship store and a dry storage area. Be sure to stop here first so you can learn about  all of the water sport activities available at Lake Keowee. We recommend you visit our Marina to rent any equipment you may need, from wakeboards, water skies, and jet skies to pontoon boat rentals.

Along with a number of water activities, lake living at The Cliffs is filled with fine-dining options, world-class golf experiences, and private social clubs for every interest –– all surrounded by the best waterfront views Lake Keowee has to offer. 

Discover homesites and luxury homes available at each of our Lake Communities and see for yourself just how magnificent it is to do life at The Cliffs.

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