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Whitewater River
Other name(s) Tributary to Keowee River
Country United States
State North Carolina
South Carolina
County Oconee (SC)
Jackson (NC)
Transylvania (NC)
Physical characteristics
Main source divide between Whitewater River and Chattooga River
about 0.5 miles south of Chimneytop Mountain
3,550 ft (1,080 m)
River mouth Keowee River
Lake Jocassee
1,108 ft (338 m)
Length 12.08 mi (19.44 km)
  • Average rate:
    75.70 cu ft/s (2.144 m3/s) at mouth with Keowee River
Basin features
Progression northwest
River system Keowee River
Basin size 16.97 square miles (44.0 km2)
  • Left:
    Silver Run
    Happy Hollow
    Democrat Creek
    Waddle Branch
    Corbin Creek
  • Right:
    Little Whitewater River
Waterbodies Lake Jocassee
Bridges NC 107 (x2), Whitewater Road

The Whitewater River is a 14.6-mile-long (23.5 km) river that flows south from headwaters in Transylvania County, North Carolina, over Upper Whitewater Falls and Lower Whitewater Falls before crossing into South Carolina and entering Lake Jocassee, the reservoir behind Lake Jocassee Dam.

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

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