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Mountain Bike Trails are OPEN today   

Mountain bike trails are OPEN today, June 15th. If date is more than 24 hours old, please call the park office at 828-584-7728 for latest information.

 Last updated on: Sunday, June 16, 2019

Beach and Boat Rental Hours   

The beach at Paddy's Creek is open for the season from 10-6 each day.

The weekday hours for the concession stand and boat rentals at Lake James State Park are subject to change due to staffing and other concerns. Please call ahead to the park office at 828-584-7728 to determine if these facilities are open that day. When open, the concession stand hours are 10-6, and boat rentals hours are 10-4:30. Kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals are $7.00 per hour.

 Last updated on: Sunday, June 16, 2019

Fees/FAQs/Rules

There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park. In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.

Swimming Area

Restrooms, picnic tables and shelters and a concession stand are nearby.

Adults (age 13 and over): $6/day
Children (3-12): $4/day

The swimming area is available May 1 through September 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., every day.

Canoes and Kayaks

Canoes and kayaks are available for rental near the concession stand in the Paddy's Creek area. Canoes accommodate 2-3 people and kayaks accommodate 1. Minimum age to rent is 16.

They are available Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Dates are subject to change; call park office for current information.

Fees are $7 per hour.

Permits

Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity Permit application or obtain one from the park office.

Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.

A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.


7321 N.C. 126
Nebo, NC 28761

828-584-7728
lake.james@ncparks.gov

 

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