Parking Area Reseeded

Parking Area Reseeded

During the past winter and early spring, Lake James State Park embarked on a restoration project to improve habitat and aesthetics in the Paddy’s Creek Area parking lot. Thanks to a generous grant through the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, a total of more than 3 acres of hardpacked, eroded and invasive-choked berms separating the parking […]

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Bike Trail Improvement

Bike Trail Improvement

As the mountain bike trails at Lake James State Park settle in their first years, frequent riders have offered many helpful suggestions on how they can be improved. The Northwest NC Mountain Bike Alliance provided funding and expertise to a new reroute for the West Wimba Trail to make it more enjoyable for riders. Jim […]

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Year of the Spider:  Fishing Spider

Year of the Spider: Fishing Spider

While certain venomous spider species drive arachnophobia, some do so by sheer size. As the Year of the Spider spins on, we focus on some of the largest species in North Carolina; the nursery web or fishing spiders. These members of the Pisauridae family are known to approach leg spans of three inches, which give […]

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Nature Notes

Nature Notes

While the effects of summer put most park visitors into a swimming beach state of mind, folks with an eye for nature know it’s never too hot to enjoy the fauna and flora at Lake James State Park. For starters, it’s baby season! Summer is the season for great abundance of insects that birds rely […]

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Save the Date

Save the Date

The 14th Annual Catawba RiverFest will be Sept. 16. The Friends of Lake James State Park is seeking volunteers to serve on the festival planning committee. Vendors and exhibitors are also being sought for this family-friendly event. Consideration will be given to those with a connection to the Catawba River Basin and/or Lake James. To […]

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Statewide Star Party

Statewide Star Party

Lake James State Park hosted the Statewide Star Party on Saturday, April 22. Even with though the skies were gray a crowd showed up to hear Jeff Whisnant, of the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club (CVAC), give a talk on meteorites, which included actual space rocks for folks to see. The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club has […]

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