Waccamaw River

Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina

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The Waccamaw River begins at the outflow of Lake Waccamaw near Whiteville. Below the lake, it flows through the largest remaining cypress/tupelo-gum blackwater swamp in North Carolina. On the east side is the vast Green Swamp. The Waccamaw flows on to South Carolina to join the Great Pee Dee River near the Atlantic Ocean at Georgetown. There is little development on the Waccamaw River as it flows through wilderness and past a few small communities. Lake Waccamaw State Park owns land on the eastern side of the lake, but most of the land along the river corridor in North Carolina is owned by timber companies. More protection is afforded in South Carolina where much of the river is protected by the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge and a state Natural Heritage Preserve. The Waccamaw is a popular choice for overnight camping, but the only public land where camping is allowed is in the South Carolina Natural Heritage Preserve. Suitable campsites can be found in other areas, but it is often several miles between possible sites on dry ground. This eTrail contains 5 sections of the Wacccamaw River from Waccamaw Shores Road (Columbus Co. 1967) end to SC 9 access near Longs, South Carolina.
Paddling Eastern North Carolina

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Paddling Eastern North Carolina

by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)

The Waccamaw River begins at the outflow of Lake Waccamaw near Whiteville. Below the lake, it flows through the largest remaining cypress/tupelo-gum blackwater swamp in North Carolina. On the east side is the vast Green Swamp. The Waccamaw flows on to South Carolina to join the Great Pee Dee River near the Atlantic Ocean at Georgetown. There is little development on the Waccamaw River as it flows through wilderness and past a few small communities. Lake Waccamaw State Park owns land on the eastern side of the lake, but most of the land along the river corridor in North Carolina is owned by timber companies. More protection is afforded in South Carolina where much of the river is protected by the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge and a state Natural Heritage Preserve.

The Waccamaw is a popular choice for overnight camping, but the only public land where camping is allowed is in the South Carolina Natural Heritage Preserve. Suitable campsites can be found in other areas, but it is often several miles between possible sites on dry ground. This eTrail contains 5 sections of the Wacccamaw River from Waccamaw Shores Road (Columbus Co. 1967) end to SC 9 access near Longs, South Carolina.

©  Paul Ferguson/Pocosin Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Lake Waccamaw
Distance: 57
Skill Level: Easy
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: Gauge information and route specifics are provided for each section in the eTrail.
Local Maps: USGS Lake Waccamaw West, Old Dock, Freeland, Pireway, Longs
Driving Directions: Directions to Waccamaw River

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11/28/2005
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Section 2, page 212 Correction: change "(mi 2.0) where Juniper Creek joins" to "(mi 4.2) where Juniper Creek joins."



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