North Carolina boasts a series of natural lakes, all somewhat near the coast, and each consists of unique characteristics. The second-largest of the natural lakes in North Carolina is found in the Town of Lake Waccamaw, which happens to surround a lake with the same name. Lake Waccamaw (the body of water, not the town) is estimated to be as old as 30,000 years old, and its beauty is simply breathtaking. But the history surrounding this gorgeous lake involves a bit of mystery and perhaps even an ancient lovers’ quarrel that may have changed the lay of the land for eternity. Read on to learn more! Which of North Carolina’s lakes are your favorites? Let us know!
In whatever way Lake Waccamaw was formed, it is most definitely worthy of a visit if you haven’t already. A great place to explore the oldest lake in North Carolina is at Waccamaw State Park, where you’ll find boardwalks both over and around the edge of the lake as well as primitive camping. Learn more about the state park on the official NC Parks website.
Waccamaw State Park Address: 1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw, NC, 28450
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Tori Jane|December 31, 2022
How was Lake Waccamaw formed?
There are numerous theories as to how Lake Waccamaw was formed – many of which are a little on the silly side, and some of which are on the interesting side. One of the most prevalent theories is that it was formed by a meteorite impact, but no evidence of this has ever been found. Fossils and remains of whales and other marine creatures have been found in and around the lake, and as the oldest lake in NC, Waccamaw provides plenty of geological evidence for the curious.
2. How deep is Lake Waccamaw?
Lake Waccamaw is famous in part for its unique, shallow oval shape. At its deepest, Lake Waccamaw is just 10.1 feet deep; its average depth is just seven and a half feet. This fairly shallow water limits the recreational activities that can be done here, but some of the more popular things to do at Lake Waccamaw in NC are:
Fishing – there are some species at Lake Waccamaw that are endemic, meaning they only exist at Lake Waccamaw
3. What are some other notable lakes in North Carolina?
Of course, Lake Waccamaw is not the only lake in North Carolina. Other lakes in NC worth visiting include lakes like: