Lake James North Carolina Tourism - Beaches, Boating, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Picnic Areas

Lake James State Park NC

Lake James is located Nebo, NC Zipcode: 28761. The closest hotels are in Marion and Morganton.

Lake James is one of 9 man made lakes constructed along the Catawba River by Duke Power. It was named for the founder of Duke Power, James B. Duke. Lake James was constructed between 1916-1923. It is 1200 feet above sea level.

Lake James is located in McDowell and Burke counties between Marion and Morganton..

Facilities available near lake shore are: parking area, picnic ground with tables, rinse off showers, beach, hiking trails, tent camping, mountain views, beautiful scenery.

4 access areas for boats with parking area and ramps for launching boats:

  • Hidden Cove  Access area - southwest of Dam
  • Linville River Access area - north side of lake
  • Canal Bridge access area - Northeast of dam
  • North Fork access area

10 other recreational facilities are available for public use.

Blue Ridge Parkway is 16 miles from Lake James.

Linville Falls recreational area is nearby on the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 316.3.

Lake James is open year round.

Lake James is close to Linville gorge a wilderness area in the Pisgah National forest.

activities: hiking trails, boating, fishing, beach, swimming, picnic grounds, tent camping.