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Weekday Boat Rental Hours Subject to Change   

The weekday hours for boat rentals at Lake James State Park are subject to change due to staffing and other late season concerns. Please call ahead to the park office at 828-584-7728 to determine if the park will be renting boats that day.

 Posted on: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
All Mountain Biking Trails are OPEN today   

Be advised that the directions of Tindo and Wimba Trails have changed. Tindo Trail is going in a clockwise direction and Wimba Trail is going in a counterclockwise direction. If the time stamp on this alert is more than 24 hours old, please feel free to call the park office at 828-584-7728 for the most up-to-date information

 Posted on: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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.


Too early to be thinking about fall migration? Think again. Many species have already started their southward journey and others are starting to flock up to begin theirs. The Paddy’s Creek Area is a great place to look for birds and Ranger Jamie Cameron knows just where to find them. We’ll get an early start to beat the heat and take advantage of the peak hours of bird activity. Bring binoculars if you have them and wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway at 8 a.m.

Date of Event:
Fri, 08/31/2018 - 8:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Bathhouse Breezeway

For generations, the Catawba River has shaped the economic vitality of the region and remains a public commons of immeasurable recreational value. Catawba RiverFest will promote a greater appreciation of this vital waterway. The day-long event will highlight a variety of conservation groups and their ongoing projects working to improve the quality of life for people and animals along the river. Join us at the Paddy's Creek Area from 10am - 3pm. Admission is Free. Enjoy music, food, educational exhibits, a live raptor release at approximately 10:30am, nature hikes, and try out canoes and kayaks for free.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/15/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Swimbeach

Take a Child Outside Week, or TACO Week has been a staple at Lake James for several years. This national event strives to bring kids outside through educational programing. The park will be hosting numerous ranger led activities focused around kids and getting them into the woods. Please keep an eye out for an updated program calendar as TACO Week draws closer. We hope to see you and your kids at the park.

Date of Event:
Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:00am to Sun, 09/30/2018 - 5:00pm
Start Location:

Lake James State Park

7321 NC Hwy 126
NeboNC 28761
Latitude: 35.750378
Longitude: -81.892075

Map of North Carolina


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