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The Great Lake.

Southeastern, North Carolina has it's own great lake, just like the Midwest. And even though it's one the largest lakes in the state, many people don't even know it exists. This makes it an ideal destination, only about a 45 minute drive from Wilmington. Lake Waccamaw is technically a Carolina Bay, and at seven miles around, one the largest in existence. These lakes are so named because of the bay trees that line their shoreline. And yes, they do produce the same fragerant leaf used as a spice in many recipes. Lake Waccamaw is a shallow, rain dependent body of water unique even in relation to other Carolina Bays. This is because of both it's size and the fact that it has a limestone shelf that neutralizes much of the natural tannic acids in the water. Because of this, the lake boasts endemic species of snail, fish, and mussels found no where else on earth! Much of the lake is also managed as state park, making it an ideal paddle destination. While the summer population swells, the park provides plenty of peaceful paddling. A good bet is putting in at the public access at Big Creek. This feeder creek is a good access point to the lake and enables you to paddle along the undeveloped shore line managed as state park. You can pull out at the state park pier and shelter for a swim, lunch or snack break. You can paddle this as an out and back to Big Creek or as a point to point, by parking one vehicle at the take out in the state park. However you paddle it, Lake Waccamaw provides a unique kayaking experience not found any where else! 


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