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The weather, perfectly clear and in the upper 70's couldn't have been better, especially for November. The Fall foliage was at its peak, reflecting all the shades of reds and yellows from the Blue Ridge Foothills to the shoreline of Lake Jocassee.
Large lake trout could be seen maybe 20 feet down while an 80 foot rock cliff stood looming above our minuscule kayaks. Very few boats were on the water. We paddled around the eastern shore for about five hours before heading back for an evening steak dinner on the backyard grill.
Unfortunately, due to the drought, the lake is down a good ten feet, but it hasn't diminished its beauty. The shores are a mix of boulders, ledge, and sandy beaches spread along the 75 mile shoreline. Just above the shoreline hardwood forests in peak color are interspersed with pines and mountain laurels.
Wildlife management areas adjacent to the lake provide habitat for deer, bears, and other native animals. In the distance we could hear the occasional cry of a Peregrine Falcon.
Rather than kayaking the second day, we decided to hike a 3.5 mile trail which was no less inspiring than the water trip the day before.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
Recreational Kayak Paddle