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Pat McCrory, Governor
Donald R. Van Der Vaart, Secretary
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Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Friday, July 31, 2015

Lake James State Park opens boat-in camping complex

Raleigh -- 

Lake James State Park in Burke County has a new recreation option at its Paddy’s Creek Area with the addition of a boat-in camping complex, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

The facility offers 30 boat-in campsites at three separate areas on the tip of the Long Arm peninsula less than one mile northeast of the park’s swim beach. The reservation-only campsites are furnished with picnic tables, fire pits and tent pads and have access to environmentally-friendly vault toilets.

The camping complex was constructed by staff at Lake James State Park and from nearby state parks over the past year. The $173,000 project was funded in part by Friends of Lake James State Park and a grant from the Rostan Family Foundation. The project includes an unpaved access road along the length of the peninsula that aids in security for the campground and that will allow further park development in other areas of the peninsula.

“This camping complex is part of an exciting and expanding menu of outdoor activities at Lake James, and although it’s a premium recreation option, it was created at low cost thanks to the dedication of our maintenance personnel and rangers,” said Mike Murphy, state parks director. “The state park also owes much of its growth and success to strong community support.” 

Lake James State Park opened a 15-mile network of mountain biking trails in mid-2014. Park staff assisted in that project and also built the award-winning Holly Discovery Trail for kids. The park expects to begin construction this summer on a traditional family campground with drive-to campsites at Paddy’s Creek. The park’s Catawba River Area has a 20-site campground.

The new amenities augment a swim beach, bathhouse, picnic area and foot trails that have been opened at the park’s Paddy’s Creek Area since 2010. The newly developed access is on 2,915 acres acquired in 2004 from Crescent Resources Inc. Lake James State Park was established in 1987 and encompasses 3,514 acres on both the north and south shore of the 6,812-acre lake. The park recorded 471,566 visitors in 2014.