Save the Date


Lake James State Park will experience a 96-percent eclipse of the sun during the August 21st solar eclipse. Prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime event by attending the July 29 astronomy program at the park (see I&E schedule) during which up to 50 free sets of eclipse-viewing glasses will be handed out.

The 14th annual Catawba RiverFest will be Sept. 16. The Friends of Lake James State Park is seeking volunteers to serve on the festival planning committee. Vendors and exhibitors are also being sought for this family-friendly event. Consideration will be given to those with a connection to the Catawba River Basin and/or Lake James. To inquire about these opportunities, email Ranger Kevin Bischof at

On Sept. 30, the second annual Lake James Dragon BoatFestival will take place. For more information on this fun and inspiring event, visit