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Contact the park
 

828-584-7728

lake.james@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Paddy's Creek access

7321 N.C. 126
Nebo, NC 28761

GPS: 35.7503, -81.8920

 

Catawba River access
and park office

2785 N.C. 126
Nebo, NC 28761

GPS: 35.7287, -81.9011

 

Mailing address

P.O Box 340
Nebo, NC 28761

 

Hidden Cove boat ramp

3381 N.C. 126
Nebo, NC 28761

GPS: 35.7301, -81.8908

 

Canal Bridge boat ramp

9182 N.C. 126
Nebo, NC 28761

GPS: 35.7394, -81.8863
 

Hours
 

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  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • open year-round
     
  • 24-hour access
     

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  • December to February:
    closed
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     

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  • May 1 to September 30:
    10:00am to 6:00pm

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Catawba River office

  • Monday to Friday:
    8:00am to 4:30pm

 

Paddy's Creek office

  • Friday to Sunday:
    9:00am to 5:00pm


 

 

 

 

 

PARK CLOSED   

Lake James State Park is closed until further notice to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across the state.

The Canal Bridge and Hidden Cove boat ramps will remain open.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Mountain Bike Trails CLOSED   

Mountain bike trails, including the Linville River Fonta Flora access, are CLOSED until further notice.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Scheduled events

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.

 

This event has been canceled.

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 Paddy’s Creek day-use area 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 3/4-mile hike featuring several different habitat types in the park. Plan to meet in the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway for an 8:30am departure. Watch the weather forecast and dress appropriately.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Canceled

This event has been canceled.

Wild yeasts and bacteria have been used for thousands of years by humans to preserve many different foods. From sourdough bread to pickles, wild yeasts were the unseen force that ruled over food preservation for generations. Join Ranger Wade Engels on a guided hike where wild yeasts, capturing methods, and potential food uses will be discussed. The program will begin at the Catawba River Access breezeway at 1:00pm.

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Canceled

This event has been canceled.

Lake James hosts many species of waterfowl during their return migration north, as well as the critters that stay here year-round. Ranger Jamie Cameron 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 departure at 2:00pm.

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 1:45pm
Start Location:
Canceled

This event has been canceled.

2020 is the “Year of Fire” in North Carolina State Parks. Ranger Brian Vick will teach you several methods for brewing piping hot, delicious camp coffee on your next backpacking or car camping adventure. We’ll “mug up” at 10:00am at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/11/2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Canceled

This event has been canceled.

Back by popular demand, Lake James State Park will be co-hosting with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club for a night of star gazing. Learn some basic stargazing tips and techniques. There will be telescopes and binoculars set up for viewing the night sky, but feel free to bring your own if you have them. Folding chairs are also recommended. We will meet in the upper parking lot of the Paddy’s Creek Area at 7 p.m. Register by calling the park office at 828-584-7728.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/18/2020 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Canceled