Colonial Lake


Colonial Lake

Eleven. Colonial Lake

Broad Street and Rutledge Avenue (Harleston Village)
CharlestonSC  29401

Colonial Lake is a tidal pond in Charleston with wide walkways around it. The tidal lake changes with the daily tide changes. It acquired the name Colonial Lake in 1881, in honor of the "Colonial Commons" established in 1768.

The park around the lake was developed in the 1880s. The current configuration of a lake within concrete embankments with a wide promenade on all four sides was largely completed by 1885. Improvements to the park have been consistent over the years.

Colonial Lake has become one of the most popular parks for afternoon strolls. Park benches give a resting point for quiet conversations. During the holidays Charleston's most talked about Christmas trees are lit for all to see in the middle of the lake.