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Toxaway River
Other name(s) Tributary to Keowee River
Country United States
State North Carolina
South Carolina
Counties Transylvania (NC)
Oconee (SC)
Pickens (SC)
Physical characteristics
Main source divide between Toxaway River and Greenland Creek
about 0.5 miles southeast of Cold Mountain Gap
4,000 ft (1,200 m)
River mouth Keowee River (Lake Jocassee)
Lake Jocassee
1,108 ft (338 m)
Length 21.31 mi (34.30 km)
  • Location:
    Keowee River (Lake Jocassee)
  • Average rate:
    508.41 cu ft/s (14.397 m3/s) at mouth with Keowee River
Basin features
Progression generally south
River system Savannah River
Basin size 146.73 square miles (380.0 km2)
  • Left:
    Indian Creek
    Panther Branch
    Auger Fork
    Toxaway Creek
    Rock Creek
    Laurel Fork Creek
    Devils Hole Creek
  • Right:
    Mill Creek
    Deep Ford Creek
    Bear Meadow Creek
    Cobb Creek
    Horsepasture River
Waterfalls Toxaway Falls
Bridges Long Ridge Road, Cardinal Drive, Cold Mountain Road, NC 281

The Toxaway River is a 21.4-mile-long (34.4 km) waterway that flows south from headwaters in Transylvania County, North Carolina, into Lake Toxaway and over Toxaway Falls, after which it crosses into South Carolina and enters Lake Jocassee, the reservoir behind Lake Jocassee Dam.

In Lake Jocassee the Toxaway River is joined by the Whitewater River to form the Keowee River. The confluence is submerged beneath the waters of Lake Jocassee. Via the Keowee and Seneca rivers, the Toxaway River is part of the Savannah River watershed.

Variant names

According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as:

  • Jocassa River
  • Jocassee River
  • Keowee River
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