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Return to the Burn

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Thu, 06/28/2018 - 10:00am

It’s been several months since Lake James State Park conducted prescribed burns at the Catawba River Area, four years after the first prescribed fire in the park’s 30-year history took place in February, 2014. Following decades of well-intentioned but ill-advised fire suppression, it’s a great time to revisit the site to weigh the consequences, both good and bad.

Spring Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 06/23/2018 - 10:00am

The waters and shoreline of Lake James is bursting with life and there’s no better way to explore than by boat. Park Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for loons, ospreys, eagles and scenic vistas.

Canoe Excursion

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Tue, 06/19/2018 - 9:00am

The tranquility of paddling a canoe on a quiet morning is one of life's simple pleasures. Discover the beauty of Lake James State Park from the water with Park Ranger Kevin Bischof. Whether you're an expert paddler or you don't know the difference between starboard and port, we'll provide the equipment and instruction to make it a memorable morning.

Junior Ranger Boot Camp

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 06/17/2018 - 3:00pm

Do you think you have what it takes to join the prestigious ranks of the North Carolina State Park Junior Rangers? If you do, the rangers at Lake James State Park want you! The Junior Ranger program is for kids ages 6-12 who have an interest in nature and stewardship.

Spring Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:00am

The waters and shoreline of Lake James is bursting with life and there’s no better way to explore than by boat. Park Ranger Clay Veasey will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for loons, ospreys, eagles and scenic vistas.

Creek Seining

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Fri, 06/08/2018 - 1:00pm

What type of fish are in Paddy’s Creek? We plan to find out. Using a seine net and some volunteers who are willing to get their shoes wet, we will sample Paddy’s Creek to see what kinds of fish swim in the park’s creeks.

Spring Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 06/03/2018 - 10:00am

The waters and shoreline of Lake James is bursting with life and there’s no better way to explore than by boat. Park Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for loons, ospreys, eagles and scenic vistas.

What's in the Night Sky?

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 06/02/2018 - 8:00pm

Lake James State Park Superintendent Nora Coffey will be co-hosting with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club for a night of star gazing. Learn some basic star-gazing tips and take home your own star chart. There will be telescopes and binoculars set up for viewing the night sky, but feel free to bring your own if you have them. Folding chairs and bug spray are also recommended.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 05/20/2018 - 1:00pm

Come experience nature in a new way, a magnified way! Undoubtedly, you’ve strolled along the park trails and experienced the beauty Lake James has to offer, but have you ever seen the natural world magnified? Come join Ranger Kevin Bischof as he leads a group along the trails of Lake James to explore the wildflower species of the forest at a different level.

Sandy Cliff Overlook Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 05/20/2018 - 10:00am

Check out one of the best views on the lake with Park Ranger Jamie Cameron. The Sandy Cliff Overlook Trail is an easy, 1/2-mile route through a section of the Catawba River Area that received a restorative prescribed fire in late 2014 and again in early 2018.