Lake Jocassee Paddle Splash


The unspoiled mountain waters of South Carolina's premier inland paddling destination are home to the Lake Jocassee Paddle Splash, offering races for paddlers of all abilities. Choose between long (six mile) and short (three mile) loop courses. Kayak and SUP rentals are available on site at the Eclectic Sun Paddlesports concession.  Lake Jocassee's 8,000 scenic acres and its many waterfalls are best viewed from a paddler's perspective, so make the race a weekend vacation by reserving a campsite or villa at the race venue: Devils Fork State Park or at one of Oconee County's parks.

 Registration Fees

Adult: $30.  Late registration: $40 after midnight Sunday, October 7.

Under age 16: $20. To receive the youth discount when registering, enter the following Coupon Code: Under 16. Late registration: $30 after midnight Sunday, October 7.

Registration closes at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 10.

Friends of Jocassee, Inc.

Net proceeds go to the Friends of Jocassee, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit corporation. The Friends of Jocassee is a volunteer advocacy group which preserves, protects and promotes the natural and cultural resources of the Lake Jocassee area and its recreational opportunities. Follow this link to learn more: 

The Usual Amenities

- Gatorade and water for rehydration

- Post-race snacks

- Paddle Splash T-shirts

- A concession is at the start line, including recreational kayak and SUP rentals: Eclectic Sun

- Prizes to third place in each class age group

Southeast Paddle Sport Championship Series

The Lake Jocassee Paddle Splash is part of the SEP series. Follow the link to see all of this racing season's competitions.

Thank You to our Sponsors

Eclectic Sun; Epic Kayaks; Oconee County Parks, Recreation & Tourism; Kingfisher Maps; Grady's Great Outdoors; Anchored Soul

Devils Fork State Park opens at 7 am, and parking fills quickly on a Saturday. There is a state park entry fee of $5 per adult, and $3 per child. For frequent visitors to SC state parks, we recommend an annual park pass purchased here.
7:30 am to 9:30 am  Check In at the starting line at Eclectic Sun concession
9:30 am  Mandatory Racers' Safety Meeting at the starting line
10:00 am  Mass Start
Awards Ceremony after the race ends

Note! There is no race day registration.

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Daniel Maalouf1Sea KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

The start line is at the State Park's Day Use/Single Vehicle Parking area. There is ample grassy space to stage boats, next to the Eclectic Sun concession.

Both the long (10K or 6.2 mile) and short (5K) courses are along the southern shore, usually protected from any wind. Powerboats are present, but seldom numerous; watch for wakes.

All racers are required to wear a PFD with attached whistle. Safety boats will be stationed along the course. While hazards are uncommon, the lake is large, the shore is rocky, and the water is very deep. Swimmers and SCUBA divers use the lake, so stay observant.

The race starting line is at the Day Use Area/Single Vehicle Parking at Devils Fork State Park in Salem, Oconee County, SC. The park entrance is reached by turning off of SC Highway 11 onto Boone Creek Rd/State Rd S-37-127. Then at Boone's Creek Baptist Church take a right onto Jocassee Lake Rd/State Rd S-37-25, and proceed to the State Park entrance.

Address of the State Park:  161 Holcombe Circle, Salem, SC, 29676.  Telephone: (864) 944-2639

Devils Fork State Park has tent camping and rental villas. Contact the State Park directly for more information. October is prime autumn foliage season and reservations book quickly. There are several other State Parks in the vicinity which also have camp sites available. Oconee County has several beautiful nearby parks with camping, as well.


Oct 13, 2018


Lake Jocassee, SC