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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.

Canoe Excursion

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00am

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.

Astronomy for Everyone

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 10/14/2017 - 7:00pm

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.

Autumn Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 10/14/2017 - 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.

Autumn Boat Tour

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Fri, 10/13/2017 - 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 Earl Weaver will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for terns, beavers, eagles and scenic vistas.

Hike NC

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 10/08/2017 - 1:30pm

As autumn approaches, there is no better time to hike in the mountains of North Carolina. As a part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Hike NC initiative, Ranger Kevin Bischof will be leading park visitors on a hike to find some of our late-season amphibians as the temperatures cool for the year. Meet at the Holly Discovery trailhead and be prepared to walk approximately 1.25 miles.

Fall Birdwatching Hike

Lake James State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 10/08/2017 - 8:30am

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 8:30 a.m. from the Paddy’s Creek Area bathhouse breezeway. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.