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GPS sending you through the Green Swamp.   

It seems that some GPS systems do not give actuate directions to our park. If the directions that the GPS give you advise you to drive though the Green Swamp then there is a possiblity that you will get stuck in the mud. If you are following the GPS directions and it has you turn off on to a dirt road. Stop! Do Not continue. The best directions will keep you on paved roads. See Driving Directions below.

 Posted on: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:45am
Construction at the Dam   

There is still construction going on at the Dam. It is getting closer to the completion of the Walking bridge that goes over the Dam. I know we can not wait to be able to utilize the new bridge. We are in the process of clearing more of the area between the Dam and Campsite 4 on the Lakeshore Trail. So once the Walkway is complete everyone will be able to cross over and have access to the park. Unfortunetly Golf carts will not have access to the bridge, it will be for walking only, even bicycles will need to be walked accross the bridge.

 Posted on: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 9:47am
Events and Programs

Lake Waccamaw State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


  Have you ever wanted to learn about snakes in our area? The presentation will give an introduction to snakes and how many are estimated in the USA, and NC.   Participants will also learn about the 37 species of native snakes to NC and the differences between them.  Such differences include egg layers vs. live births and venomous vs. nonvenomous.  Also snake safety and identification tips will also be discussed along with interesting myths about our scaly friends. 
Date of Event: 
Saturday, June 16th, 2018 
10:00am - 11:30am
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Sunday, June 17th, 2018
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Start Location: 
Visitor Center

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/16/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

We are holding our annual 4-H Exploration Camp hosted by Lake Waccamaw State Park and NC Cooperative Extension.
Monday, June 18th - Friday, June 22nd
8:30am - 5pm Daily
Ages 9 to 12
Limit on Camp: 25 youth
First come first serve basis
Cost: $40.00 per child
There will be loads of Educational Opportunities, Nature, History, Safety, and tons of FUN!

Monday, June 18th - State Park
Tuesday, June19th - Whiteville Museum and Lake Waccamaw Fire Dept.
Wednesday, June 20th - Depot Museum and State Park
Thursday, June 21st - Cape Fearless Delco, NC (Zip-Line/Rope Course)
Friday, June 22nd - Lumber River Canoe Trip

Registration forms may be obtained at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Office.
All forms must be completed, notarized and fees paid for enrollment to be accepted.
For more information contact Nakoma Simmons at 910-640-6607 or you can contact the State Park at 910-646-4748.


Date of Event:
Mon, 06/18/2018 - 8:30am to Fri, 06/22/2018 - 5:00pm
Start Location:
Lake Waccamaw State Park

Lake Waccamaw State Park

1866 State Park Drive
Lake WaccamawNC 28450
After hours 910-640-0140
Latitude: 34.278985
Longitude: -78.465480

Park Hours:

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

Park Office
8am - 5pm daily