Anne and I looked at many different lakes in the SE US over the past 2½
years before deciding on Keowee/Keowee Key.
- Lake Martin, AL – Pretty lake but lowers more than 10' in the winter. Year round water is
expensive and many hazards if you wanted to boat during the off season.
- Lewis Smith Lake, AL – Pretty lake, reasonable home prices, but somewhat rural feeling to it.
Nearest big town is Birmingham which is not the greatest but good medical.
- Lake Jackson, GA – River lake, nasty water. Good proximity to Atlanta though.
- Lake Lanier, GA – Pretty lake, water levels can fluctuate, though. Proximity to Atlanta can make
it very crowded on weekends. Seemed like practically a suburb of Atlanta. Army Corps of Engineers
lake so they pretty much control what you can or cannot do with the shoreline up to the Corps line.
- Lake Hartwell, GA/SC – Big lake just south of Keowee. Water can fluctuate quite a bit (it was 15' down
when we visited, but full now). Housing prices much more reasonable than Keowee. Water not near as
pretty as Keowee. Intimidating size and Army Corps lake again which effects what you can do regarding
- Lake Greenwood, SC – Nice lake, communities, and reasonable home prices. Water not very nice. Rural area.
- Lake Keowee, SC – Beautiful lake, convenient to Greenville, Charlotte, Atlanta, and the coast.
Good lake water levels and year round boating. Keowee Key appears to be a nice, stable, community,
with plenty to do, and friendly people from all over the country to meet and develop friendships with.
Proximity to mountains, waterfalls, and Lake Jocassee is also a plus.