Save the Date

  • Volunteer to help clean up the lakeshore on Saturday, May 4 during the Keep McDowell Beautiful Catawba Side Lake James Clean Up. Enjoy a day at the lake and feel good about helping to keep it clean. All supplies will be provided at the Black Bear Public Boat Access from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Pre-register by with Matt Burneisen by calling him at 828-652-8104 or email

  • The 16th annual Catawba RiverFest will be Sept. 21. 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 and other with the Friends group, email

  • On Oct. 12, the third annual Lake James Dragon Boat Festival will take place. Stay tuned for more information on this fun and inspiring event.

NewsMolly Sandfoss