A tour of Lake Summit
website of the homeowner's association has those details.
The gate for the boat ramp was closed at the time, forcing me to walk through the pedestrian access with my inflatable kayak. I launched and headed for my first planned target, an abandoned truss bridge over a narrow arm of Lake Summit.
I headed past Camp Mondamin...
The abandoned truss bridge was built in 1921, about when the present hydroelectric dam was being built. The Library of Congress houses a gallery of photos of the bridge taken during its early days. This one shows the bridge before houses took over the lake shore...
Plans were announced in 1983 to build a new concrete bridge, replacing the truss bridge with funds from a bridge improvement program. The old bridge was one of several chosen in 1985 to remain after replacement as long as practical for its historical value in bridge design.
this 1985 article from The Times-News:
The bridge actually marks the spot of the first dam on the Green River that furnished power to J.O. Bell's Green River Mill in Tuxedo.Eventually I moved on upstream away from the lake houses toward the arm of the lake where Camp Green Cove and Camp Mondamin are situated.
Camp Green Cove was founded by Frank Bell, Sr. in 1945 in Brevard, but relocated here to its present location in 1949.
Camp Mondamin. Camp Mondamin is a camp for boys founded in 1922 by Frank Bell Sr., the same one would later found Camp Green Cove.
The first thing I spotted was this slide. It sure does like a lot of fun!
Alumni Camp for those who attended either Camp Mondamin or Camp Green Cove.
I made a wide circle to begin heading downstream, but not before taking a few more photos.
Saluda Grade, has been inactive since 2001. Part of the "W" line from Asheville, NC to Hendersonville, NC was sold to a shortline operator, leaving this part of the line from Hendersonville to Landrum to slowly rot.
Once I finally made it to the east end of the lake, I found this small trestle.
built in 1920-21 to supply electricity to the Green River Manufacturing Company for their mill in Tuxedo. The plant and the lake were sold to Duke Power Co. in 1927, and its successor, Duke Energy, still currently owns the plant.
A short distance away, some girls were having fun with a rope swing.
I circled once around Rabbit Island, where two people were hanging out chatting, before heading back to the boat ramp.
I had a great time exploring the lake. My Intex K1 was rather slow at times, mainly when traveling upstream in the part of the lake with boat traffic. I used an app that announced the speed every few seconds so I wouldn't have to look at the phone. In the calm parts of the lake I could average about 2.5 to 3 mph either upstream or downstream, but could only manage a moving average of about 2 mph while coming back from the trestle.
I still want to visit some waterfalls on Lake Jocassee, possibly next month, possibly with a better kayak, but definitely with a better paddle.
I've uploaded my all photos to an album on Flickr and an album on Google Photos.