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A view of the lake at Lake Waccamaw State Park
Current status of park facilities   

Trails, restrooms, and boat ramps are open. The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.

The swimming pier is closed.

Campsites are open. Reservations must be made in advance through the reservations website or by calling 1-877-722-6762.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.

 Last updated on: Monday, October 5, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Lake Waccamaw State Park


Contact the park
 

910-646-4748

lake.waccamaw@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Visitor center

1866 State Park Drive
Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450

GPS: 34.2790, -78.4654
 

Hours
 

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  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Educational programs

Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Lake Waccamaw State Park. Check the Events calendar for more information.

To arrange a special exploration of Lake Waccamaw State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.

Educational materials about Lake Waccamaw State Park have been developed for grades 6-8 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Lake Waccamaw program introduces students to the unique ecosystem of this particular Carolina bay, focusing on water chemistry and the lake's diversity of aquatic life. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.

Visitor Center

In addition to the educational programs offered at the park, the park visitor center features environmental education exhibits. Conveniently located near the park entrance, the visitor center and exhibit hall are wheelchair accessible.

The interactive exhibits focus on the singularity of Lake Waccamaw. The exhibit hall offers videos that examine the lake's biological systems and its cultural history, as well as the role of the giant mussel in the lake's ecosystem. Take a walk back in time and recount the days when loggers floated rafts of cypress across the lake. Enjoy photographs that capture the tourism efforts at the lake.