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Lake James State Park
Lake James State Park
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Lat: 35.75782
Lon: -81.88881
Weather: ° and (more weather)
North Carolina North Carolina
Lat: 35.75782   |    Lon: -81.88881   |    Current weather: ° and (see monthly averages)
North Carolina North Carolina

Enjoy the great outdoors at Lake James’ Paddy Creek area.

This state park has three different areas available to reserve a campsite. One of the best spots is the Paddy Creek area, featuring over 30 tent campsites that allow up to 6 people per party. Guests can enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, and various water activities during the day. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent during your stay, and there are a couple of spots that allow boats to launch onto the lake. Canal Bridge is one of the areas with a boat ramp. It is open 24/7 and is located just outside the park entrance. From May 1 through September 30, the public is welcome to enjoy the swimming area from 10 am to 6 pm daily. Sometimes there are lifeguards on duty. If you notice a lifeguard, a small fee is required for anyone wishing to swim during that time. Swimming is free of charge when no lifeguard is present. 

Hiking and biking trails are located throughout the area and have varying levels of difficulty. They also offer free weekend activities presented by the local rangers. Largemouth bass, crappie, white bass, muskellunge, carp, perch, and walleye are present in the lake, and there are several spots to sit and catch fish whether you want to stay on the shores of the lake or cruise on a small motorboat. Picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Paddy Creek and include grills, tables, trash receptacles, and nearby drinking water. This is a great place to host a family reunion or a simple weekend camping trip. Each of the campsites at Paddy Creek has fire pits and picnic tables, plus a restroom with hot showers that are open 24/7. Bring your camping gear and have fun at this North Carolina state park.

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Canoeing
Hiking
Fishing
Swimming
Wildlife
Camping
Boating
Mountain Biking

State Park
Canoeing
Hiking
Fishing
Swimming
Wildlife
Camping
Boating
Mountain Biking
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Current conditions for Lake James State Park

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Monthly averages:

High / Low (°F)
Rain
JAN
44° / 29°
12 days
FEB
49° / 32°
13 days
MAR
56° / 38°
15 days
APR
66° / 46°
14 days
MAY
75° / 54°
18 days
JUN
83° / 61°
16 days
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Rain
JUL
86° / 64°
19 days
AUG
85° / 63°
18 days
SEP
79° / 58°
14 days
OCT
68° / 48°
10 days
NOV
56° / 38°
10 days
DEC
48° / 34°
11 days

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