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Canoe/kayak rentals Concession Stand   

Our concession stand and the canoe/kayak/paddleboard rentals will be available on weekends only through the month of October. The Swim Beach is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm through the end of September.  The fee for rentals is $5.00 per hour or $30.00 for the day.  Boat rentals end at 4:30 pm and all boats, paddles and lifejackets need to be back by 5:30 pm. This schedule is subject to change so please check this website for up to date information, or call the park office at (828) 584-7728. 

 Posted on: Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:22am
Dragon Boat Festival, Sat Oct 1st - No boat rentals available   

On Saturday, October 1st, The 1st Annual Dragon Boat Festival will be held at the Paddy's Creek Area at Lake James State Park.  Our concession stand will be open for refreshments only that day.  There will be no kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard rentals on October 1st.  Rentals will be available on Sunday, October 2nd and the following weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) through the end of the month.

 Posted on: Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:22am
Mountain Bike Trails are OPEN.   

The mountain bike trails at Lake James are OPEN today. Our mountain bike trails are directional please pay attention to the signs.  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: Friday, September 23, 2016 - 7:57am

Lake James State Park

Lake James State Park offers a full menu of activities. Along with boating, swimming and fishing in the beautiful, clear waters of the 6,812-acre lake, there are 25 miles of trails, 15 of which are open to mountain biking. Trails vary from the short, educational Holly Discovery Trail with child-friendly activities, to the more adventurous, historic section of the Overmountain Victory Trail. There are three campgrounds. The Catawba River Area has 20 walk-in campsites, many of which offer lake views. The Paddy’s Creek Area has 33 drive-to, family-friendly campsites. The remote boat-in campground on the Long Arm Peninsula offers a true outdoor adventure for those willing to paddle or steer their canoes, kayaks or powerboats to their own slice of heaven. Boat ramps at Hidden Cove and Canal Bridge on NC 126 are located between the park’s two day-use areas. And, canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals are available at the Paddy’s Creek Area concession stand from May through September.

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Contact:

Lake James State Park

6883 NC Hwy 126
NeboNC 28761
Phone828-584-7728
lake.james@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.750378
Longitude: -81.892075

Park Hours:

Day-use areas at Paddy's Creek and Catawba River:
December - February: 7am - 7pm
March, April & October: 7am - 9pm
May - September: 7am - 10pm 
November: 7am - 8pm

Hidden Cove Boat Access Hours:
December - February:  closed
March, April, & October: 7am - 8pm
May - September: 7am - 9pm
November: 7am - 7pm 
All areas closed Christmas Day

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