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Canoe/kayak rentals Concession Stand Open for the Season!   

Beginning Saturday May28 Lifeguards  will be on duty. Swim charges will be $5.00 for Adults 13 and over and $4.00 for childern 3-12.  After June 8th our concession stand will be open daily and the canoe/kayak rentals will also be available daily through Labor Day.  The fee for rentals is $5.00 per hour or $30.00 for the day.

 Posted on: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:37am
Mountain Bike Trails are OPEN.   

The mountain bike trails at Lake James are OPEN today. To protect the trails from damage and keep our riders safe during hazardous conditions, bike trails will be closed whenever trails are too wet to allow riders. Accordingly, riders should contact the park prior to arrival to confirm that the trail is open.

 Posted on: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:44am
Campgrounds are OPEN!   

Our new campground is finally open!  We now have 33 drive-to tentsites at the Paddy's Creek Area.  They can be reserved online or by calling 877-722-6762.  With the addition of this new campground we now have 83 tentsites open year-round.  We cannot accomadate RVs at this time. 

 Posted on: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:45am

Lake James State Park

All the activities one might expect on a 6,812-acre reservoir are available at Lake James State Park, plus a few that might surprise. Along with boating, swimming, fishing and camping, the park offers 15 miles of mountain bike trails as well as remote paddle-in campsites. The park’s Catawba River and Paddy’s Creek access areas complement each other, with tent camping a central feature of the Catawba River Area. Waterfront campsites are 150-300 yards from a parking area. Trails vary from the short, educational Holly Discovery Trail with child-friendly activities to the more adventurous segment of the historic Overmountain Victory Trail. Boat ramps at Hidden Cove and Canal Bridge on NC 126 lie between the main park access areas, and canoe and kayak rentals are available near the swim beach and bathhouse complex.

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Lake James State Park

6883 NC Hwy 126
NeboNC 28761
Latitude: 35.750378
Longitude: -81.892075

Park Hours:

Day-use areas at Paddy's Creek and Catawba River:
December - February: 7am - 6pm
March, April & October: 7am - 8pm
May - September: 7am - 9pm 
November: 7am - 7pm

Catawba River Area Campground and Canal Bridge Access:
December, January, & February: 7am - 6pm (Campground and Hidden Cove Access closed)
March, April, & October: 7am - 9pm
May - September: 7am - 10pm
November: 7am - 8pm 
All areas closed Christmas Day

Swim Area
10am - 6pm 
May 1 through September 30