Whether your mode of transportation is shoes or paddles, one the most beautiful lakes you can explore is Lake Jocassee on the border of North and South Carolina. The lake level is very low in these photos, but that takes nothing away from the lake's beauty. There are numerous waterfalls that spill directly into the lake. A lot of these waterfalls are small and the best way t0 explore them is by touring kayak.
You can access Lake Jocassee from Devil's Fork State Park.