Eclectic Sun LLC
Boat Rentals • Private Tours • Self-Guided Tours & Rentals • Stand Up Paddleboarding • Kayaking & Canoeing
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Eclectic Sun, on beautiful and scenic Lake Jocassee, is Devils Fork State Park’s on site supplier for all things to do on and around the lake. Boat Rentals available: Mad River Canoes, Old Town Canoe, Perception Kayaks, Invert, Glide & Bounce SUP, Harris Flotebote 220 Cruiser Pontoon Rentals & Tours, Lake Floats, Sun Canopies, and Beach Chairs. "The Pavilion" in the day use area of the Park.
Salem, South Carolina

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Stephan N
Holstebro, Denmark183 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
Took a 4 hour kayak tour on the lake and explored the lovely lakeside scenery. Easy to book over the internet although I just showed up and rented. Good equipment that with life jacket and small waterproof box included in the rental price. Remember to bring drinks and food.
Written September 18, 2022
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clint b
Columbia, SC151 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Excellent tour provided by Gary of the waterfalls located on Lake Jocassee.
Definitely recommend using them as a tour guide if you are unfamiliar with the lake.
Gary was very informative and took us to the waterfalls that we would have never found on our own.
Written April 25, 2022
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kevandjen15
Asheville, NC18 contributions
Jul 2021
We rented a pontoon boat last weekend and had a wonderful experience. Debbie and Gary had the boat ready and waiting for us when we arrived, and had a parking spot for our car reserved right beside the boat. The boat was very clean and nice. Gary put our things on the boat and we rode in the boat to the boat launch where he put us in the water. After a wonderful 6 hours on Lake Jocassee we picked Gary up at the dock and he drove the boat back onto the trailer and back to our car. The whole process couldn't have gone more smoothly. Gary was very friendly and gave good instruction and helpful advice about where to go on the lake. We will definitely rent from Eclectic Sun again! One suggestion for anyone coming on a weekend is to get to the park early. We waited in a long line just to get to the park entrance. I hear its not as bad during the week.
Written August 2, 2021
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Amy B
3 contributions
May 2020 • Family
We had an amazing time. Very professional and attentive staff that took all the cleaning precautions you possibly can. We made a day trip and had several rentals for the day. We had also had 4 month old with us that changed a few of those plans. The staff went above and beyond to help this grandma out. Thank you Debbie and staff!
Written May 31, 2020
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ElizaAshe
Asheville, NC12 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
I rented a kayak to see the waterfalls. There’s really only one place to put your boat in and you better be ready for some intense paddling because the waterfalls are really far away. It is totally worth it but I got stuck in a thunderstorm and it was kind of scary! It took us six hours round-trip to see one bigger waterfall. If you want to see the waterfalls (unless you are an Olympic kayaker) we suggest renting a motorized craft. The kayak is great for exploring right around the area because there are so many cool beaches and swimming areas that are truly beautiful and untouched!
Written August 6, 2020
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ccarter348
Columbia, SC2 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
In March 2016 I made a reservation to rent a pontoon boat from Eclectic Sun LLC for 2 days during the week of July 11.
Eclectic is higher priced compared to the other rental agencies on Lake Jocassee but they had mostly excellent reviews so I decided to pay for what was for us an extravagance.

Eclectic Sun keeps their rental boats on trailers in their parking lot.
The manager of Eclectic Sun LLC takes you on a tour around the boat, while it is on the trailer, to point out in fine detail the existing damage to the boat so that there will be no dispute over any new damage.
After the inspection, you load your gear and get into the boat. Then the manager uses his truck to tow the boat and trailer to the ramp where he puts you in.

When we had loaded up the boat in the parking lot with our cooler and towels, the manager asked if we had anything else to take.
I and my wife both interpreted that as a friendly reminder to make sure we were not forgetting anything in our car which we were leaving in the parking lot so we answered “no, we had everything.”
The manager put us on the lake and we drove the boat to the villa we were renting. We anchored well off shore and my wife and son swam in to pick up our inflatable kayak.

We had a great day on the lake. We had to stop in a cove for an hour or so during a severe thunderstorm and were very anxious and careful to keep the boat anchored in the center of the channel and away from anything that could dent or damage it. The boat did not touch anything but water from the time it left the trailer until I brought it back to the dock.
It had been pointed out to us by the manager that a previous renter had damaged the side door with their cooler so I placed our life jackets on 3 sides of our cooler to be sure that no further damage would occur.
And it was confirmed in the post rental inspection that we had been very careful as there was absolutely no damage from our kayak or anything else.

After the post rental inspection was over, out of the blue, the manager of Eclectic told me that he was canceling our 2nd rental day.
I was completely astonished and upset by this statement as we had made plans with friends to join us for this 2nd rental day.

When I asked why he was canceling a reservation that I had since March, he told me that I was “deceitful” by not telling him I was taking an inflatable kayak.
In the course of this conversation it became clear that the manager of Eclectic had been watching us with binoculars from the time we left the ramp to when we went out of sight around a bend in the lake, including the entire time we were anchored off shore from our villa.

I was totally surprised to learn that I should have told the manager that I was taking my inflatable kayak. It seemed to me to be an obvious accessory along with the tube that we rented from Eclectic.
I tried to explain to the manager that we had no idea we had to specify that we were taking our inflatable kayak with us.
But he refused to listen and I was not going to beg him to take my money for a second rental day.

I have an issue with Eclectic not listening to my side of the story as to what actually happened, before canceling a reservation that had been confirmed in March.
I also have an issue with being called deceitful.
If I had wanted to be deceitful, I would not have loaded my kayak onto the boat in full view of the Eclectic office.

So if you decide to rent from Eclectic, make sure you are aware of all the rules, both spoken and unspoken.
And be very aware that you will be under surveillance with binoculars as long as you are in line of sight of the Eclectic office. Frankly, we found this very creepy.
Finally know that any reservation is subject to cancellation at the whim of the manager.

Eclectic did not respond to the two emails I sent to them regarding this experience.
Written September 7, 2016
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Jay W
Charlotte, NC1 contribution
May 2016 • Family
Love Lake Jocassee. Rented a pontoon boat from Eclectic Sun and got stiffed with a $50 cleaning charge. Called to discuss this up-charge and got an extremely rude and unprofessional rant including "I hope you house isn't like this." Mind you we by no means left this boat a wreck- we used it for the day all over the lake- what were they expecting it to come back like no one was on the boat? Frustrated and will never do business with Eclectic Sun again.
Written June 1, 2016
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ins44
South Carolina5 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
Very reasonable rates...helpful sales reps...provided us with everything we needed to have a safe fun kayaking trip around Lake Jocassee (including a water tight bag for our phones).
Written April 21, 2016
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Les
6 contributions
Debbie and Andy were a pleasure to do business with. Lake Jocassee is a beautiful lake, and Eclectic Sun enhances the experience of enjoying the lake. We rented a pontoon boat and SUP from Eclectic Sun and will use them again.
Written July 7, 2014
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UF_RX_1999
Orlando, FL212 contributions
Aug 2020
Mixed feelings but good experience overall. The check-in/reservation system can use some improvement. Called the day before to reserve a three person canoe--was told they were booked up but people usually return early and we could rent in-person if available. Called the morning of and they lady said she had no idea if anything would be available--drove out anyways. Waited in line for 30 minutes, was told no Old Town canoes were available, to keep an eye out for people returning and get back in line. Walked down to the beach, noticed there were two Old Town canoes on the shore, waited in line for another 20 minutes, was told we could rent but I needed to bring my wife and daughter back to sign out the canoe. Waited in line (third time) for another 10 minutes, they didn't need to sign anything so I'm not sure what that was about.

Once past that, everything was better. The kids actually handling the canoes and equipment were nice and helpful. The lake was very nice. Enough people so you don't feel like you're in the middle of nowhere but not crowded at all--we're not novices but nice to have some people around in case you run into trouble. We were out for three or four hours and didn't see any waterfalls--not sure if we missed them or didn't go far enough. Got stuck in a bad storm on the way back in (check the weather) which was pretty scary for 15-20 minutes, then it passed and was nice again.

Overall, good experience, the lake is beautiful and there's a small beach/park area to enjoy as well. Rental fees were reasonable. Great for couples and families.
Written August 9, 2020
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