1866 State Park Drive
Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450
After hours: 910-640-0140
GPS: 34.278985, -78.46548
December, January, and February: 7am - 7pm
March, April, and October: 7am - 9pm
May, June, July, August., and September: 7am - 10pm
November: 7am - 8pm
Closed Christmas Day
8am - 5pm daily
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.
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.