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Colonial Lake

  • Conservancy Park
  • Walking / Running Path

Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Hours: 9 AM - Sunset / 7 Days a Week

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Historic Colonial Lake has been a popular peninsular Charleston gathering and recreation space for more than 150 years. It is one of the most popular parks for afternoon strolls and dog-walking. Joggers and walkers circle the park at all times of the day. Fisherman also frequent this tidal pond. The park has numerous benches, a seating wall along Rutledge Avenue and plenty of open green space.

As of May 2024, the Conservancy is raising critical funds in order to renovate Colonial Lake to better mitigate the effects of a changing climate. Read more and contribute below.

Colonial Lake Needs Your Help

Read More about projects at Colonial Lake

Interested in park rentals?

For rental inquiries, please contact Charleston Recreation at 843-724-7327.

Planning a special event?

Learn more about renting Rose Pavilion in Hampton Park.

Park Plant List

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Canna Lily, Indian Shot

Canna indica

Alan’s White Crinum Lily

Crinum asiaticum 'Alan's White'

Voodoo Hippeastrum, Voodoo Lily

Hippeastrum 'Voodoo'

Twinberry, Simpson’s Stopper

Myrcianthes fragrans


Coreopsis lanceolata

Sunshine Mimosa, Powederpuff

Mimosa strigilosa

Summer Nocturne Crinum Lily

Crinum 'Summer Nocturne'

Spotted Beebalm, Horsemint

Monarda punctata

Spider Lily

Hymenocallis sp.


Philodendron bipinnatifidum


Silphium compositum

Red Buckeye

Aesculus pavia

Prairie Dropseed

Sporobolus heterolepis

Mexican Mint Marigold, Mexican Tarragon

Tagetes lucida

Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium

Lakeside Sunflower

Helianthus carnosus

La Marne Rose

Rosa 'La Marne'

Grassland Sedge

Carex divulsa


Phyla nodiflora


Sambucus canadensis

Dwarf Pink Oleander

Nerium oleander 'Petite Pink'

Chaste Tree, Vitex

Vitex agnus-castus 'Shoal Creek'


Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low'

Butterfly Rose, China Rose

Rosa 'Mutabilis'

Blue Frills Stokes Aster

Stokesia laevis 'Blue Frills'

Blue Flag Iris/Virginia Iris

Iris virginica

Blazing Star, Gayfeather

Liatris gracilis

Black Tupelo

Nyssa sylvatica

Beach Verbana

Verbena maritima

Yellow Senna, Christmas Senna

Senna bicapsularis

Cherokee Sedge

Carex cherokeensis

Dwarf Palmetto

Sabal minor

Peggy Martin Rose

Rosa 'Peggy Martin'

Indian Blanket

Gaillardia pulchella

Spotted Oxeye

Wedelia trilobata

Chapman’s Goldenrod

Solidago odora

Sweet Grass, Muhly Grass

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Giant Ironweed

Vernonia gigantea

Mexican Petunia

Ruellia simplex 'Mayan Purple'

Tall Cigar Plant, Candy Corn Plant

Cuphea micropetala

Pink Trumpet Crinum Lily

Crinum asiaticum "Pink Trumpet"


Odontonema cuspidatum

Giant Leopard Plant

Farfugium japonicum

Soft Rush

Juncus effusus

American Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana

Coral Bean

Erythrina herbacea

Formosa Lily

Lilium formosanum

White Fringe Tree, Old Mans Beard

Chionanthus virginicus

Pride of Houston Yaupon Holly

Ilex vomitoria 'Pride of Houston'


Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

Pineapple Lily

Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy'

Turk’s Cap

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drumondii

White Firecracker Plant, Cream Firecracker Plant

Russelia equisetiformis 'Aureus'

Monkey Grass, Liriope

Liriope muscari 'Emerald Goddess'

Swamp Hibiscus, Rose Mallow

Hibiscus coccineus

Society Garlic

Tulbaghia violacea

Blush Pink Noisette Rose

Rosa 'Blush Noisette'

Southern Shield Fern, Southern Wood Fern

Thelypteris kunthii

Swamp Sunflower

Helianthus angustifolius