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Lake James In North Carolina

Lake James, North Carolina

Boating, camping and fishing.

Enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors while boating on James Lake, a 6,800-acre reservoir with depths up to 120 feet, located in the north-central part of the state. Nice boat ramps, multiple marinas, boat rentals and camping facilities are all at your service. Bring the family, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and experience some excellent fishing at James Lake. This deep, cold-water lake is home to quite a variety of freshwater fish species. Bass are a favorite target of sporting anglers, while walleye are the focus of many who are looking for table fare. Crappie are a close second for fish fry enthusiasts. Big pike, muskie, catfish and stripers also reside in the lake for those seeking trophy fish. Schooling white bass can be caught in spring along shallow shorelines, and during the summer by fishing deeper along river channels and ledges. The clean clear water makes for great tasting fish of all species.

Area Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: YES


Lake James State Park, Catawba River Campground - 828 584-7728

Lake James Landing Campground - 828 652-2907

Paddy Creek Campground - 828 584-1346

Lake James Family Campground - 828 584-0190

James Lake Map


Fish species found in Lake James include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass, striped bass, northern pike and tiger muskie.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass Striped bass Northern pike Tiger muskie

Click here for a NC Fishing License.

Local Contact Information

Lake James State Park
6883 NC Hwy 126
Nebo, NC 28761
828 584-7728

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