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Lake-Waccamaw is a village of just over 1,000 residents, located in Columbus County near Lake Waccamaw and the Lake Waccamaw State Park. The lake is the largest of the natural Carolina Bay Lakes and is estimated to be 250,000 years old. It is a very unique freshwater lake, oval in shape and approximately five miles by seven miles, fed by Big Creek and the surrounding swamp waters. Organic matter from decaying vegetation of the swamps makes the water dark in color, or "tea-colored." The lake also contains many different species, including the Waccamaw Silverside, also known as skipjack or glass minnow, a small, almost transparent fish with a silvery stripe along each side. Many other species, rare plants and endangered animals, which are found no place else on Earth, can be found in Lake Waccamaw. The Carolina Bays are one of the biggest geological mysteries of the eastern U.S., and from Lake Waccamaw you can also get a view of The Green Swamp - another botanical wonder. Activities in Lake Waccamaw State Park include boating and fishing, hiking, camping, picnicking and park rangers hold regular educational and interpretive programs. Several interesting hiking trails are available in the park, and four primitive camping areas are nestled among the trees at Lake Waccamaw.

Surrounding areas: Calabash, North Carolina (29.9 mi), Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina (30.1 mi), Holden Beach, North Carolina (30.2 mi), Sunset Beach, North Carolina (30.3 mi), Wilmington, North Carolina (32.4 mi), Oak Island, North Carolina (37.3 mi), Southport, North Carolina (38.8 mi)

Lake Waccamaw Vacation Rentals

Lake Waccamaw Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Premiere Inn503 N JK Powell BlvdWhiteville, NC11.9 mi.(910) 642-2378
Holiday Inn Express1415 N J K Powell BlvdWhiteville, NC12.3 mi.(910) 641-0644
Days Inn609 E Broad StElizabethtown, NC22.0 mi.(910) 862-7444
El Rancho Motel Inc1406 E 5TH StTabor City, NC23.2 mi.(910) 653-3169
Holiday Inn Express Shallotte491 N Mulberry Rd NWShallotte, NC23.6 mi.(910) 754-3300
Comfort Inn-shallatte360 Whiteville RdShallattee, NC24.3 mi.(910) 754-3044
Twilight Motel4520 N Main StShallotte, NC24.4 mi.(910) 754-6801
Gray Gull Motel3263 Holden BCH Rd SWSupply, NC24.7 mi.(910) 842-6775
Microtel Inn & Suites4646 East Coast LnShallotte, NC25.2 mi.(910) 755-6444
Causeway Motel12 Cswy Dr SWOcean Isle Beach, NC29.6 mi.(910) 579-9001
Clarion Resort At Sea Trail Plantation211 Clubhouse RdSunset Beach, NC29.8 mi.(919) 579-4350
Bed & Breakfast
By The Lake404 LK SHR DrLake Waccamaw, NC (910) 646-4764

Lake Waccamaw Weather & Climate

Coastal North Carolina has a temperate climate with no extremes in temperature. Summer air temperatures along the immediate coastline are usually considerably lower than those even a few miles inland. Opposite the ocean, across the narrow barrier islands behind most beaches, are the "Sounds". These protected inland waters are calm, quiet and sheltered from the sea breezes. In winter, the Gulf Stream helps moderate air temperature and coastal fronts are common, bringing warmer than expected temperatures to the coastal areas. Sometimes, strong low-pressure systems clash with the Gulf Stream and develop into major storms, causing rain along the coast and over states to the north as well. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to North Carolina to influence the weather about twice in an average year; about once in ten years they are strong enough to cause significant damage.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 56°F 32°F 4.37 in. 48°F
February 59°F 34°F 3.41 in. 50°F
March 68°F 40°F 4.49 in. 55°F
April 76°F 47°F 2.94 in. 64°F
May 83°F 56°F 4.54 in. 72°F
June 89°F 64°F 4.69 in. 79°F
July 92°F 68°F 5.64 in. 82°F
August 91°F 67°F 5.65 in. 81°F
September 86°F 61°F 5.44 in. 80°F
October 77°F 49°F 2.99 in. 69°F
November 69°F 41°F 2.79 in. 61°F
December 59°F 34°F 3.27 in. 53°F

Lake Waccamaw Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Wilmington International airport (ILM) located about 34 miles east of Lake Waccamaw in Wilmington, North Carolina, the Myrtle Beach International airport (MYR) located approximately 50 miles southwest of Lake Waccamaw in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Fayetteville Regional Grannis Field (FAY) located roughly 51 miles northwest of Lake Waccamaw in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and finally the Albert J Ellis airport (OAJ) located around 61 miles northeast of Lake Waccamaw in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Lake Waccamaw Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Myrtle Beach Grand PrixNorth Myrtle BeachSC36.3 mi.
Windy Hill Watterboggan ParkNorth Myrtle BeachSC36.3 mi.
Jubilee ParkCarolina BeachNC39.8 mi.
Family Kingdom Amusement ParkMyrtle BeachSC48.8 mi.
Gay Dolphin ParkMyrtle BeachSC48.8 mi.
Myrtle Beach PavilionMyrtle BeachSC48.8 mi.
Pedroland ParkDillonSC50.1 mi.
Water Parks
Myrtle Waves Water ParkMyrtle BeachSC48.8 mi.
Golf Courses
LandOLakes Golf ClubWhitevilleNC11.4 mi.
Riegelwood Country ClubRiegelwoodNC16.0 mi.
Carolina Sands Golf CourseElizabethtownNC21.6 mi.
Briarwood Golf ClubShallotteNC25.1 mi.
Olde Fort Golf CourseWinnabowNC26.5 mi.
Magnolia Greens Golf PlantationLelandNC26.7 mi.
Carolina National Golf ClubBoliviaNC27.3 mi.
Carolinas Country ClubLorisSC29.0 mi.
Diamond Back Golf CourseLorisSC29.0 mi.
Northern Pines Golf ClubLorisSC29.0 mi.
Brick Landing PlantationOcean Isle BeachNC29.3 mi.
Ocean Isle Beach Golf CourseOcean Isle BeachNC29.5 mi.
Brunswick Plantation & Golf LinksCalabashNC29.8 mi.
Calabash Golf LinksCalabashNC29.8 mi.
Carolina Shores Golf & Country ClubCalabashNC29.8 mi.
Crow Creek Golf ClubCalabashNC29.8 mi.
Farmstead Golf LinksCalabashNC29.8 mi.
Marsh Harbour Golf LinksCalabashNC29.8 mi.
Meadowlands Golf ClubCalabashNC29.8 mi.
Ocean Harbour Golf LinksCalabashNC29.8 mi.
Aberdeen Country ClubLongsSC29.9 mi.
Aberdine Country ClubLongsSC29.9 mi.
Black Bear Golf ClubLongsSC29.9 mi.
Colonial Charter Golf ClubLongsSC29.9 mi.
Crown Park Golf ClubLongsSC29.9 mi.
Long Bay ClubLongsSC29.9 mi.
Oyster Bay Golf LinksSunset BeachNC30.0 mi.
Pearl Golf LinksSunset BeachNC30.0 mi.
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country ClubSunset BeachNC30.0 mi.
Thistle Golf ClubSunset BeachNC30.0 mi.
State Parks
Lake Waccamaw State ParkNC5.3 mi. 
Singletary Lake State ParkNC18.9 mi. 
Bay Tree Lake State ParkNC24.7 mi. 
Jones Lake State ParkNC27.5 mi. 
Museum of the Native American Resource CenterPembrokeNC46.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort FisherKure BeachNC40.5 mi.
Brookgreen GardensPawleys IslandSC70.8 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC103.6 mi.

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