Save the Date

  • The annual Lake James Clean Up is scheduled for March 23. Volunteers are needed to help with this massive effort to remove trash from the Burke County shoreline of the lake and areas within the state park. Information will soon be available at the Community of Lake James Facebook page, or you can call Howard Morgan at 828-438-7003 to talk about volunteering.

  • It may seem crazy to start planning so far in advance, but no crazier than actually participating in the 2nd annual SwimRun Lake James on April 20. This endurance race pits teams of two against the rest of the field and, more importantly, whatever weather is on tap for race day. Racers will navigate 2-3 miles of open water swimming and 13-14 miles of trail running (depending on the final course layout). Athletes will be vetted for experience in endurance events and registrations must be received by April 1. For more information, go to

  • The 17th annual Catawba RiverFest will be held Sept. 21. There will be something for everyone at the Paddy’s Creek Area, with dozens of interactive and information booths representing area conservation, outdoor recreation and historic organizations. Admission to RiverFest is free. For more information, check out the Friends of Lake James State Park page on Facebook, or call the park at 828-584-7728.

NewsMolly Sandfoss