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First Day Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 10:00am

There is no better way to start off a new year than with a hike at Lake James. Meet Park Ranger Jamie Cameron for what has become a cherished holiday tradition at Lake James State Park – the First Day Hike.

Christmas Eve Eve Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 12/23/2018 - 2:00pm

The weather outside may be frightful, but Lake James still hosts many species of waterfowl during the winter months, as well as the critters that stay here year-round. As an added bonus, winter offers some of the most majestic views of the Linville Gorge and the Black Mountain Range of the year.

Animal Track Ornaments

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Fri, 12/21/2018 - 10:00am

Join Park Ranger Kevin Bischof to learn about different animal tracks and other signs that can be found around Lake James and make your own animal track ornaments to take home. Come prepared for both indoor and outdoor activities. Meet at the Catawba River Area office at 10 a.m. Please call the park office at (828) 584-7728 for program registration.
 

Winter Bird Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 12/16/2018 - 9:00am

It may come as a surprise to some, but birdwatching during the winter can be excellent. With all of the winged visitors from the north, we might see as many as 30 different types of birds in little more than an hour. Join Ranger Jamie Cameron for a walk around the Paddy’s Creek Area to see what kind of surprises we might turn up. Meet at the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway at 9 a.m.

Lake Channel Overlook Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 12/15/2018 - 1:00pm

Check out one of the best views on the lake with Park Ranger Jamie Cameron. The Lake Channel Overlook Trail is a moderate, 1.5-mile route through a section of the park that has been under prescription for fire.

Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 12/09/2018 - 2:00pm

Lake James hosts many species of waterfowl during the winter months, as well as the critters that stay here year-round. As an added bonus, winter offers some of the most majestic views of the Linville Gorge and the Black Mountain Range of the year. Ranger Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for loons, otters, eagles and scenic vistas.

Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 12/08/2018 - 10:00am

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.

Winter Plant Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 12/01/2018 - 1:00pm

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.

Winter Plant Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 12/01/2018 - 1:00pm

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.

Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:00am

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.