Lake James

I remember the first time my father took me fishing. We left home, in the dark, picked up his friend Floyd and drove to the lake. At the time, I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about or why we had to be at the lake so early! Once I was in that boat, there was always something to do, something to see or something to learn. The time I spent on the lake with my father created years of memories… teaching me to swim, ski and later to drive the boat.

Create memories of your own on spectacular Lake James. There are stunning views of the Linville Gorge, known as North Carolina’s “Grand Canyon,” small islands and coves to discover with over 6,510 acres of water home to Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Catfish, White Bass, Walleye and record specimens of Muskellunge. The cool mountain waters of the Catawba and Linville Rivers keep aquatic vegetation to a minimum concentrating fish populations, especially in winter months. There are plenty of boat access ramps available and Bear Creek Marina supplies your fishing and boating items. Take a look at the inter-active map for locations.

If you’re not interested in boating, fishing or jet skis, you might be interested in Lake James State Park. The 565 acre park includes a swimming beach, hiking trails through the azaleas and rhodendron, canoe rentals, picnic shelters and special interpretive programs created by the Park Rangers. See the “Event Calender” for dates and times.

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