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Volunteer Campground Hosts needed   

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: Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 8:09am
Accepting Applications for Seasonal Employment   

Are you looking to make some extra money this summer?  Lake James State Park is currently accepting applications for the following seasonal positions: certified lifeguards, concession stand workers and general utility workers.  Most positions are 40 hours per week; we do have a few positions that are 24 hours per week.  Expect to work weekends and holidays.

To apply for any of these positions please go to https://oshr.nc.gov/document/nc-state-government-application-employment-pd-107 to download the application.  You may scan and email it to lake.james@ncparks.gov or mail to Lake James State Park, P.O. Box 340, Nebo, NC 28761 or drop it off at our park office.

 Posted on: Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 8:10am
Bike Trails are CLOSED today / West Wimba Trails-construction thru 3/27   

The mountain bike trails at Lake James are CLOSED today. Please contact the park for the most up-to-date trail closures.

*** The West Wimba mountain bike trails will be under construction through 3/27/2017. The trail will remain open, but please use caution when riding the trail.

 Posted on: Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 7:26am
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.

 

Lake James hosts many species of waterfowl during their return migration north, as well as the critters that stay here year-round. 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 blustery, so be sure to dress warmly 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 1:45 p.m. for a briefing and prompt 2 p.m. departure.

Date of Event:
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

Don’t let anyone fool you, Lake James is the place to be during early spring and this boat tour is a fantastic way to experience it. Ranger Clay Veasey 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 blustery, so be sure to dress warmly 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:
Sat, 04/01/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

Park Ranger Earl Weaver will be meeting a group of adventurous hikers to the Old Catawba River to search for aquatic plants, animals, insects and birds. The wetland habitat in this area is rich in biodiversity and rarely visited by humans. Meet Ranger Weaver at the Canal Bridge Boat Access on NC 126 at 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. carpool caravan to the site.

Date of Event:
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Canal Bridge Boat Ramp Parking Lot

Warm southern winds are helping songbirds on their way to the nesting grounds and Lake James State Park is an important stopover for warblers, vireos, orioles, hummingbirds, swallows and a host of other birds. The Fox Den Loop Trail is an excellent place to look for these tiny travelers, as well as the many species that reside year-round along the lakeshore. Ranger Jamie Cameron will have his trusty binoculars and field guide for this enjoyable 2-1/4-mile hike featuring the oldest trail in the park. Plan to meet in the Catawba River Area breezeway for an 8 a.m. departure. Watch the weather forecast and dress appropriately.

Date of Event:
Fri, 04/07/2017 - 8:00am
Start Location:
Catawba River Area - Park Office

Lake James will be working in conjunction with the NC Museum of Natural Science to celebrate our natural world! Periodically throughout this week, Lake James will have various educational programs in addition to citizen science opportunities. Keep an eye on the calenadar for more specific programs and we look forward to seeing you during the NC Science Festival!

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/08/2017 - 8:00am to Mon, 04/24/2017 - 6:00pm
Start Location:
Throughout the park!
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