Lake State Park has long been a community destination for lazy picnics
under the shade of tall pines and swimming in the lake’s shallow, warm
waters. The park surrounds two of the many mysterious bay lakes found in
eastern North Carolina. Canoes, kayaks and motorized craft of 10 horsepower or less
are welcome, and canoes and paddleboats can be rented in summer months.
A visitor center and exhibit hall introduce visitors to the ecology of
the bay lakes, to be further experienced on a four-mile loop trail
through bay thickets and pond cypress stands draped with Spanish moss.
Family camping and group camping sites are quiet and serene.