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16th Annual Catawba RiverFest

Late afternoon at Lake James State Park
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16th Annual Catawba RiverFest

Attendees will be able to demo kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards free of charge. An all-day raffle will be held with prizes including t-shirts, a 9’ kayak package and more. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the Lake James concession stand prior to the event and on site the day of the event. Visitors will also be able to participate in free educational programs throughout the day. Events will include eco-tours led by park rangers,craft tables set up for take-home kid’s crafts, live music will be provided by Slight Departure.
There will be a wide variety of organizations on site sharing fun activities and informational booths. Exhibitors include Lake James Area Wildlife and Nature Society, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Lake James Environmental Association, The Mountain Gateway Museum, and many more. There will be several food options on site throughout the event.

Date of Event: 
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am

Start Location: 
Paddy's Creek Area Day Use Area

7321 N.C. 126
Nebo, NC 28761



Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.750378, -81.892075


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