Sea Tests for Young Boat Builders Successful
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Sea Tests for Young Boat Builders Successful

  Catherine Gamewell, a rising junior at Patton High School, makes the turn in her homemade boat at the Lake James State Park swim beach. Gamewell and other students at Patton High School were participating in Paul Gantt’s Engineering Camp. “I had a blast,” said Gamewell of the first-time camp. “It’s been awesome.”

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Year of the Spider:  Crab Spiders
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Year of the Spider: Crab Spiders

Continuing with the Year of the Spider, the next spider spotlight shines on the crab spiders. These members of the Philodromidae and Thomisidae family get their name from their crab-like appearance. Female crab spiders, like other spider species, are larger than their male counterparts. Usually ranging from ½- to ¾-inches in size, crab spiders are […]

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Nature Notes
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Nature Notes

As summer draws to a close, cooler overnight temperatures and timely weather fronts from the northwest are a harbinger of the days ahead. Fall is the season of plenty as berries, seeds and nuts come to fruition just in time to fatten migratory birds and resident mammals like deer, bears, squirrels and the like. For […]

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Save the Date

Save the Date

Lake James State Park will experience a 96-percent eclipse of the sun during the August 21st solar eclipse. Prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime event by attending the July 29 astronomy program at the park (see I&E schedule) during which up to 50 free sets of eclipse-viewing glasses will be handed out. The 14th annual Catawba RiverFest […]

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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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