Lake James State Park

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Straddling McDowell and Burke counties, Lake James State Park occupies about 605 acres on the southern shore of the 6,500-acre mountain lake. Along with 20 walk-to primitive campsites and two boat ramp areas, park facilities include picnic sites, horseshoe pits, a swimming area and beach, seasonal canoe rentals and concession stand, restrooms, a small nature center, and hiking trails with lake overlooks. Nature programs are presented throughout the year by rangers.With over 150 miles of shoreline and 6510 surface acres, Lake James offers excellent year-round fishing in a beautiful mountain lake setting. Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Bream, and Crappie are common. The lake's Largemouth Bass record is over 14 pounds, and the Smallmouth Bass record is over 7 pounds. The North Carolina record Tiger Muskellunge at 33 pounds, the state record White Catfish at 13 pounds, and the state record Northern Pike, at almost 12 pounds, were all taken from Lake James. Public access to the lake in McDowell County includes Black Bear Access Area on the northern perimeter of the lake (Lake James Road), Canal Bridge via NC 126 at the McDowell - Burke County line, and Hidden Cove Access Area near Lake James State Park off NC 126. A private landing, Lake James Landing (formerly the North Fork Access Area) is on the northwest corner of Lake James off Hankins Road. There are several commercial landings and bait and tackle shops available along the lake perimeter.

2785 Hwy 126, Lake James Road
Nebo, NC 28761
Phone: (828)652-5047
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Shortoff Mountain

Located south of Table Rock in the wilderness area. The 400 foot wall presents classic face and crack climbs on the Carolina and Gold Coast walls with excellent exposure. Pisgah National Forest, Grandfather Ranger District.

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Marion Lake Golf Club

Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3

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Marion Lake Golf Club

This course is located off the shores of Lake James and overlooks Linville Gorge. Boat dock/lake access and swimming pool available. This course has bentgrass greens and top-grade Bermuda grass fairways. Great condition course with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Lake James Boat Excursions

Tour more than 150 miles of shoreline on one of North Carolina's most beautiful lakes. "Last of the Mohicans" and "The Hunt for Red October" filmed here. Three hour tours by reservation. Summer only, weather permitting.

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