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Canoe/kayak rentals Concession Stand - Open   

Our concession stand and the canoe/kayak/paddleboard rentals should be available daily through August 14th from 10 am until 6 pm.  After August 14th they will be available on weekends only through the month of September. Swim charges will be $5.00 for Adults 13 and over and $4.00 for children 3-12.  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. 

 Posted on: Friday, July 29, 2016 - 8:54am
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: Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 11:08am
Events and Programs

Lake James State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

The waters and shoreline of Lake James is bursting with life and there’s no better way to explore than by boat. Park Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for loons, otters, eagles and scenic vistas. The weather could be hot and muggy, so be sure to watch the forecast and dress appropriately for the day (remember it’s always cooler out on the water) if you are one of the eight lucky participants. Registration is required and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the park office at 828-584-7728 to reserve your spot. Meet at the Paddy’s Creek Area East Picnic Shelter at 9:45 a.m. for a briefing and prompt 10 a.m. departure.

Date of Event:
Fri, 08/05/2016 - 9:45am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

Come experience nature in a new way, a magnified way! Nature Magnified is a new program series at Lake James that will introduce kids to the natural world in a different way.  Undoubtedly you’ve strolled along the trails of lake and experienced the beauty Lake James has to offer, but have you ever seen the natural world magnified? Come join Ranger Kevin Bischof as he leads a group along the trails of Lake James to explore the snake species of the forest at a different level. The park will supply the magnifying loupes, all you have to do is bring the kids and a sense of exploration. Magnification will turn your walk in the woods into a whole new experience. Because the park has a limited number of magnifying loupes, please call ahead of time to reserve your spot. Reservations can be made by calling the park office at 828-584-7728. This program can be used for the Junior Ranger program and will meet at 1 p.m. at the Holly Discovery Trail parking lot in the Paddy’s Creek Area.

Date of Event:
Mon, 08/08/2016 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Holly Discovery Trailhead

The tranquility of paddling a canoe on a quiet morning is one of life's simple pleasures. Discover the beauty of Lake James State Park from the water with Park Ranger Jamie Cameron. Whether you're an expert paddler or you don't know the difference between starboard and port, we'll provide the equipment and instruction to make it a memorable morning. Six park canoes are set aside for this free program and each is capable of carrying two adults and one child (must be 7 years of age or older). The program starts at 9 a.m. and meets at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway. You must pre-register and be prepared to share your journey with a new friend if you are a single and space dictates. Call 828-584-7728 and sign-up today.

Date of Event:
Tue, 08/09/2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Bathhouse Breezeway

The waters and shoreline of Lake James is bursting with life and there’s no better way to explore than by boat. Park Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for loons, otters, eagles and scenic vistas. The weather could be hot and muggy, so be sure to watch the forecast and dress appropriately for the day (remember it’s always cooler out on the water) if you are one of the eight lucky participants. Registration is required and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the park office at 828-584-7728 to reserve your spot. Meet at the Paddy’s Creek Area East Picnic Shelter at 9:45 a.m. for a briefing and prompt 10 a.m. departure.

Date of Event:
Fri, 08/12/2016 - 9:45am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

The islands of Lake James are an oasis for wildlife and people seeking solitude from the hustle and bustle out on the lake. Ranger Clay Veasey will lead this very special program to explore some of the islands, including the historic cemetery on Goat Island, which was established long before there ever was a lake here. In addition to island-hopping, participants will get a chance to look for wildlife, waterfowl and fantastic scenic views of Linville Gorge and surrounding mountains. Dress appropriately for the weather (sun screen is highly recommended) if you are one of the eight lucky participants. Registration is required and available of a first-come, first-served basis. Call the park office at 828-584-7728 to reserve your spot. Meet at the Paddy’s Creek Area East Picnic Shelter at 9:45 a.m. for a briefing and prompt departure at 10 o’clock.

Date of Event:
Fri, 08/19/2016 - 9:45am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter
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