At 16,600 acres, Lake Phelps, a part of Pettigrew State Park, is a Carolina Bay 5 mi across and about 4 feet deep that has long been considered a treasure by boaters and anglers. In 1985 researchers began to prize it for other reasons. Discovered underneath the sand in the beautifully clear water were ancient American Indian artifacts, including 30 dugout canoes, one of which dates back some 4,400 years. Two are displayed in the Pettigrew Park information center. The park
also includes a boat ramp, canoe launch, fishing pier, and camping sites.