Maintaining and enhancing the quality of the Carolinas’ lakes and rivers has been a Duke Energy tradition for more than a century.
In 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a new 30‑year operating license for Duke Energy’s Keowee-Toxaway Hydroelectric Project, which allows the company to continue operating the Jocassee Pumped Storage Hydro Station, Keowee Hydro Station and associated lakes in North Carolina and South Carolina.
The project was originally licensed in 1966 for 50 years. The new license includes conditions of a relicensing agreement signed by Duke Energy and 16 other stakeholder organizations, following nearly a decade of collaboration. It allows the company to make enhancements to public recreational areas on Lake Jocassee and Lake Keowee.
Proposals in the Recreation Management Plan include adding diver access, a new courtesy dock, a new boat and trailer docking area, access for nonmotorized boating, and bank fishing signs at Devil’s Fork State Park. Duke Energy will also add about 25 acres to Double Springs Campground, build new restrooms and add 12 new campsites.
At Lake Keowee, the company will build new parking areas at three recreation sites, create new trails, add bank fishing signs and develop new campsites, fishing stations and 10 cabins at Mile Creek County Park. The company also will build a canoe/kayak launch, fishing pier and portage at 15-Acre Lake, a recreation site at Keowee-Toxaway State Park.
The company also plans to implement a Habitat Enhancement Program in the watershed and conserve about 2,900 acres of property adjoining the lakes to preserve and protect ecologically and culturally significant resources.