Serve as “live-in” host at park campground. Register campers, provide information and explain rules and regulations. Perform light maintenance work around the campground such as picking up litter, cleaning and stocking toilet facilities, cleaning campsites and selling firewood. This position requires working weekends, holidays and evening hours. Your campsite, with full RV hook-ups, provided free of charge while you volunteer. For more information contact Ranger Jamie Cameron at 828-584-7728.Posted on: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 7:44am
The swim beach is open for the season from 10 am until 6 pm. There will be a fee when lifeguards are on duty $5 for ages 13 and up; $4 for ages 3-12.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day the Concession Stand will be open 7 days a week from 10 am until 6 pm. Canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals will be available from 10 am until 4:30 pm. Boat rental fees are $5.00 per hour.Posted on: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 7:45am
The mountain bike trails at Lake James are CLOSED today due to wet conditions. Please contact the park for the most up-to-date trail status.
Posted on: Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 8:12am
Get plant and animal checklists at the park office.
Steep, forested ridges covered with mixed hardwoods, pines and hemlocks dominate the landscape. Wildflowers are abundant, and the clear waters of Lake James reflect different types of vegetation in each season.
Wildflowers commonly seen in the park include pink lady slipper, Jack-in-the-pulpit, passion flower, Indian pipe and cardinal flower. Mountain laurel, rhododendron and flame azalea are also abundant in the hilly terrain.
Deer, flying squirrel, red and gray fox, rabbit, muskrat and mink all reside at Lake James State Park. Waterfowl - including green heron, belted kingfisher, mallard and Canada goose - enjoy the park's large body of water. The skies are also home to pileated woodpeckers, hawks and owls. Reptiles include eastern box turtle and fence lizard, while amphibians - including northern red salamanders, eastern red-spotted newts and tree frogs - frequently may be found along park trails.
Lake James State Park
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
10am - 6pm
May 1 through September 30