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Access to Some Park Facilities Temporarily Closed   

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.

The Lake Channel Overlook trail is closed from the campground bathhouse out to the overlook during renovations. Work should be complete and the overlook opened by the end of the month. 

Please call the park office at 828-584-7728 with any questions.

 Posted on: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Swim Beach and Boat Rentals   

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.

 

 Posted on: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Mountain Bike Trails Are OPEN   

The mountain bike trails are OPEN today. Be advised that the direction changed at the end of September 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 21, 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.

 

Autumn colors might still be vibrant for this guided photography hike along the Fox Den Loop. Shutterbugs of all skill levels are welcome to join Park Ranger Jamie Cameron, whose former career as a photojournalist and newspaper editor has equipped him with some helpful tips on composition – whether you shoot with a phone or a large format SLR. We’ll meet at the main office breezeway at the Catawba River Area at 9 a.m.

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/25/2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Catawba River Area - Bathhouse Breezeway

Many species of waterfowl, including ducks, grebes, loons and cormorants visit Lake James on their way to the southern wintering grounds and now you have an opportunity to observe them in their element. Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for birds. 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 your captain at the Paddy's Creek Area, East Picnic Shelter at 10:45 a.m. for a briefing prior to departure promptly at 11 o’clock.

Date of Event:
Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter

The holiday season is upon us and the leaves have fallen off the trees. Many folks think there isn’t a lot of green left to see when they hike in the winter landscape, but they’re in for a surprise. Join Park Ranger Kevin Bischof as he hikes along the Holly Discovery Trail in search of the plants that hold their green coloration even through winter. The hike is approximately .75 miles in length. Please meet at the Holly Discovery Trailhead located in the Paddy’s Creek Area at 1 p.m.
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/01/2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Holly Discovery Trailhead

The holiday season is upon us and the leaves have fallen off the trees. Many folks think there isn’t a lot of green left to see when they hike in the winter landscape, but they’re in for a surprise. Join Park Ranger Kevin Bischof as he hikes along the Holly Discovery Trail in search of the plants that hold their green coloration even through winter. The hike is approximately .75 miles in length. Please meet at the Holly Discovery Trailhead located in the Paddy’s Creek Area at 1 p.m.
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/01/2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - Holly Discovery Trailhead

Many species of waterfowl, including ducks, grebes, loons and cormorants spend the winter months on Lake James and now you have an opportunity to observe them in their element. Ranger Clay Veasey will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for birds. 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 your captain at the Paddy's Creek Area, East Picnic Shelter at 9:45 a.m. for a briefing prior to departure promptly at 10 o’clock.

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/08/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Paddy's Creek Area - East Shelter
Contact:

Lake James State Park

7321 NC Hwy 126
NeboNC 28761
Phone828-584-7728
lake.james@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.750378
Longitude: -81.892075

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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