Lake Waccamaw

Type of Adventure:  Swimming

Dock at Lake Waccamaw

 

Lake Waccamaw State Park is located in southeastern North Carolina just off of Hwy 74 about 35 minutes outside of Wilmington. The 8,938 acre lake is said to be so unique, there are species of fish that are only native to this body of water.

Upon first sight of the lake, one of the most unique things is the tea-colored water, which gets it’s tint from decaying vegetation from the nearby swamps that feed the lake. There are also natural limestone bluffs on the northern side of the lake that reduce the acidity of the water.

The tea-colored water of Lake Waccamaw.

The tea-colored water of Lake Waccamaw.

Another interesting feature of the lake, is that the average depth just over 7 feet. However, around the State Park section of the late, the first 300-400 yards along the shore is only about 1-2 feet deep. The clear sandy bottom of the lake makes it great for wading around or swimming with kids.

The first 300-400 yards of the lake is only knee deep. The lake as a whole only averages 7.5 feet deep.

The first 300-400 yards of the lake is only knee deep. The lake as a whole only averages 7.5 feet deep.

To get to the dock access, park at the lower parking lot past the visitor’s center (34.259616, -78.476820). Walk through the gate and continue straight to the wooden walkway.

Dock Pano

 

 

 

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