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Loons of Lake James State Park

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 12/02/2017 - 3:00pm

Lake James is a wintering spot for dozens of common loons coming from their northern nesting territories. On quiet, still mornings you can often hear their iconic cries echoing across the water. Join Ranger Clay Veasey aboard the park's patrol boat in search of these graceful waterbirds and others that call Lake James home during the winter.

Loons of Lake James Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Fri, 12/01/2017 - 9:45am

Lake James is a wintering spot for dozens of common loons coming from their northern nesting territories. On quiet, still mornings you can often hear their iconic cries echoing across the water. Join Ranger Clay Veasey aboard the park's patrol boat in search of these graceful waterbirds and others that call Lake James home during the winter.

100 Mile Challenge Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:00pm

100 miles … can you do it? Many park visitors are trying to do just that; hike 100 miles in 2017 to celebrate the centennial of the parks system in North Carolina. Meet Ranger Kevin Bischof as he leads a hike in late Fall to study the leaves after they have fallen for the year. The 4-mile, moderate hike will trek around the Mill’s Creek Trail and return on the Paddy’s Creek Trail.

Photo Safari

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 11/19/2017 - 10:00am

Autumn colors might still be vibrant for this guided photography hike along the Fox Den Loop. Shutterbugs of all skill levels are welcome to join Park Ranger Jamie Cameron, whose former career as a photojournalist and newspaper editor has equipped him with some helpful tips on composition – whether you shoot with a phone or a large format SLR.

Fall Birdwatching Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 11/18/2017 - 9:00am

Bird migration is in full swing and it’s time to go watch the spectacle. The Paddy’s Creek parking area offers just the right mix of open water, shoreline woods and fields to see lots of species in a morning. Join Ranger Jamie Cameron for an exciting morning. We’ll start at 9 a.m. from the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.

Waterfowl Watch Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:45pm

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 Earl Weaver 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.

Fall Colors Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 11/12/2017 - 1:00pm

There is no better time to hike in the mountains of North Carolina than the fall and with that, arguably no better time to hike at Lake James State Park. So come out and do it! Meet Park Ranger Kevin Bischof at the Catawba River Area to enjoy the park in all its fall glory.

Waterfowl Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 11/11/2017 - 10:00am

Many species of waterfowl, including ducks, grebes, loons and cormorants spend the winter months on Lake James and now is a great opportunity to observe them. Ranger Clay Veasey will be your guide as we search for birds from the Paddy’s Creek Trail. The weather could be blustery, so be sure to dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them.

Fall Colors Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Fri, 11/10/2017 - 9:45am

This might be one of your best chances to experience the fall foliage season before winter takes a firm grip and what better way to enjoy it than by boating around beautiful Lake James. Join Ranger Clay Veasey aboard the park patrol boat as we seek out the reds, golds, purples, and oranges of autumn. Only eight spaces are available and pre-registration is required.

Fall Colors Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 11/05/2017 - 12:45pm

This might be one of your best chances to experience the fall foliage season before winter takes a firm grip and what better way to enjoy it than by boating around beautiful Lake James. Join Ranger Earl Weaver aboard the park patrol boat as we seek out the reds, golds, purples, and oranges of autumn. Only eight spaces are available and pre-registration is required.