The boat dock for the Catawba River Campground has been flooded by recent rains. The trail between the dock and the campground is impassable. Please be prepared to take a different route until the lake's water level drops down. Please call the park office at 828-584-7728 with any questions.Posted on: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Starting October 1, the swim beach and weekday boat rental concession are closed for the summer season. Canoes and kayaks will be available to rent on the weekends only through the end of October. Paddleboards are out of commission. The hours for boat rentals are subject to change, though, so please call ahead before traveling to the park. If you have questions, please call the park office at 828-584-7728.
***NO CANOE/KAYAK RENTALS ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH DUE TO THE DRAGON BOAT RACE.Posted on: Sunday, October 14, 2018
The mountain bike trails are closed today. Be advised that the direction has changed so pay attention to directional arrows. Call the park office at 828-584-7728 for the most up-to-date information or to report downed trees.Posted on: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Lake James State Park. Check our Events calendar.
To arrange a special exploration of Lake James State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.
Educational materials about Lake James State Park have been developed for grades 2-4 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Lake James program, Aquatic Critters (an Environmental Educational Learning Experience) introduces students to the lakeshore environment, focusing on the plants and animals that live there. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.
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