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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.

14th Annual RiverFest

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 09/16/2017 - 10:00am

For generations, the Catawba River has shaped the economic vitality of the region and remains a public commons of immeasurable recreational value. Catawba RiverFest will promote a greater appreciation of this vital waterway.

Monarch Madness

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Tue, 10/24/2017 - 10:00am

The amazing monarch butterfly migration will be at its peak and the Lake James State Park pollinator gardens are a great place to catch the spectacle. Park Ranger Jamie Cameron will explain the life-cycle of these incredible insects as we search for monarchs on their way to the wintering grounds in Mexico. This will be a leisurely excursion for all ages.

Photo Safari

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 10/21/2017 - 10:00am

Autumn colors will be at their peak for this guided photography hike along the Paddy’s Creek Trail. 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.

Autumn Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:45am

Lake James is an important waystation for all sorts of animals, birds and insects as the summer winds down. Past experience has proven to the park staff that there’s no better way to explore the lake and its abundant wildlife than by boat. Park Ranger Clay Veasey will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for terns, beavers, eagles and scenic vistas.