Matt Stamey was born and raised in Anderson, SC and was blessed
with parents that exposed him to the outdoors at an early age, including
many days and weekends spent on Lake Jocassee. They helped foster
what would become a lifelong (although not that long yet) passion for the
outdoors and the environment. That love was cemented through Matt’s
involvement with scouting, exposing him to more extreme and adventurous
ways to connect with nature like backpacking, mountain biking, and rock
climbing on his way to earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He has wrangled
his dad into some of those pursuits, such as hiking the Foothills Trail
together last year (don’t do it in December).
Matt graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Environmental
and Natural Resources with a concentration in Conservation Biology in 2022.
He now works for Jocassee Lake Tours as a guide for boat tours,
river adventures, and kayak tours. When he’s not on the lake he splits
his time between Jocassee Wild helping establish college level education
programs and the Chattooga Conservancy in Long Creek, SC
as a Program Specialist. Outside of work, you can find him at a
local crag rock climbing, on the trails mountain biking, or at a park slacklining.
On every tour, Matt tries his best to combine his love for outdoor adventure
withhis knowledge and appreciation of the incredible ecoregion we have the
privilege of working in. He hopes to teach others about the lake and surrounding
gorges in order to deepen their understanding of,
and commitment to, this incredible Appalachian ecosystem.