Lake access area to be closed for two months

Duke Energy announces that starting Oct. 27, Fall Creek Access Area (South) will temporarily close to install fencing to prevent pedestrian access to the peninsula from the main access area parking lot and to support shoreline stabilization work. Over the past several years, drownings in the vicinity of the Fall Creek Access Area have occurred from individuals accessing the Fall Creek peninsula by foot to reach an island commonly referred to as ”Jumping Off Rock.” In an effort to help prevent future drownings, Duke Energy, in consultation with Oconee County officials, determined it was necessary to restrict pedestrian access to the peninsula from the main Fall Creek Access Area parking lot. In addition to fencing, the company will also stabilize a portion of the shoreline on the peninsula to prevent further erosion and deter pedestrian access to the island. The peninsula will remain accessible by boat for bank fishing and wildlife viewing. The mainland area of the Fall Creek South Access Area continues to offer opportunities for boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, picnicking and swimming. During the temporary closure of the Fall Creek South Access Area, the public can use the Fall Creek North Access Area at 595 Shallow Ford Rd. in Salem, SC. The north access area offers boat ramps, courtesy dock, restrooms, picnicking and bank fishing. Updates will be posted and available under “water access alerts” for Lake Keowee at, on the Duke Energy Lake View app, or by calling 800.443.5193.