Lake Makes Top 10 Family Fishing, Boating Spot


It won’t come as a surprise to the folks who already love it, but the cat is now out of the bag, officially. Lake James was recently voted 10th in the nation among America’s Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots – an annual contest hosted by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Tucked into the rolling hill country at the base of the Linville Gorge, Lake James is a sprawling 6,812-acre reservoir with more than 150 miles of shoreline. The cool mountain waters of the Linville and Catawba rivers create a haven for several species of gamefish, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie, bluegill, catfish and perch. With four public boat ramps and five privately-owned marinas, there is plenty of access points for boaters to put-in their craft of choice. Hanging Rock State Park was the only other North Carolina state park to make the list, finishing eighth.