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Beach and Boat Rentals Closed for Season   

The swim beach and boat rental concession at the Paddy's Creek Area are closed for the summer season. They will reopen in spring 2019. If you have questions, please call the park office at 828-584-7728.

 Posted on: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Mountain Bike Trails Are Closed   

The mountain bike trails are closed 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: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Temporary Closures at Catawba River Area   

The Lake Channel Overlook trail is closed from the campground bathhouse out to the overlook during renovations. Also, the fishing pier and Fox Den Loop Trail will be closed during renovations. Work should be complete by mid-November. Please call the park office at 828-584-7728 with any questions.

 Posted on: Tuesday, November 13, 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.



Lake James State Park

7321 NC Hwy 126
NeboNC 28761
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