Save the Date

  • July 4th is Free Fishing Day across North Carolina. Anglers can pursue all types of fish across the state without the normally required license and trout stamp (in trout waters) from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. All size, creel and method of catching rules are still in effect.

  • 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 watershed and/or Lake James. To inquire about these opportunities and others, email

  • On Oct. 12, the 3rd annual Lake James Dragon Boat Festival takes place. Don’t miss the fantastic camaraderie and visual spectacle at the Paddy’s Creek Area of Lake James State Park. Teams from across the Southeast will gather at the swim beach to compete in this ancient Chinese tradition. It’s a wonderful day for spectators, but why not gather up 19 friends and participate yourself? If you form a team, the Healing Dragons of Lake James will take care of the rest; boats, paddles, training and someone to steer! Go to or call 813-426-3544 for more information.

NewsMolly Sandfoss