Lake James State Park

Possibly The Finest Of All The North Carolina State Parks

Lake James State Park is located at the southern end of the
Linville Gorge.
Lake James is a man-made lake formed when the Catawba River was dammed.

It is named after the tobacco tycoon James Buchanan Duke, the great benefactor of Duke University. The lake itself covers an area of 6,510 acres and has over 150 miles of shoreline.

The State Park was created in 1987 and was among the smallest of the North Carolina State Parks consisiting of only 600 acres on the southern shore of the lake. Then in 2004 North Carolina purchased a further tract of land on the north shore of the lake which added another 4,300 acres of beautiful woodland and shorefront to the State Park.

The park is in an outstandingly scenic area and has the spectacular backdrop of The Blue Ridge Mountains and a view toward Shortoff Mountain and Hawksbill Mountain on the rim of the Linville Gorge.

The extra acreage that was added to the park now means that a mile of the Linville River and part of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area are now included.

The lake itself is an extremely popular location for watersports such as swimming, boating, canoeing and water-skiing. It is also a fantastic place for fishing all year round. Many North Carolina state record catches have come out of its waters. For example, a White Catfish of 13 pounds, a Tiger Muskellunge of 33 pounds and a Northern Pike of almost 12 pounds are all state records caught in the lake. It is also a good site to catch Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.

The lake was famously used as a filming site in 1992 for that great story "The Last of the Mohicans" staring Daniel Day-Lewis.

Within the park there is a wonderful camping ground that offers twenty secluded sites with a shower house and picnic shelter. There are also several miles of hiking trails and two boat ramps down to the Lake.

If you want directions and address to find this lovely State Park here is a map with directions and a contact address.

The email for any questions is -

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