There are picnic areas available on a first-come, first-served basis at both the Catawba River and Paddy's Creek areas of Lake James State Park. Other fish you might catch include carp and perch. Campers must bring their own water for drinking and washing dishes, etc. The Camp is a rustic resort where neighbors socialize, stop by for lunch or drinks on the dock, lounge by the pool or slip into the hot tub, take a paddle board or kayak out on the lake, hit up the gym, or play lawn games and roast marshmallows at the amphitheater fire pit. Other amenities are identical to those found in the Catawba River Area campground.Paddle-in campingPaddle-in camping is available on the Long Arm Peninsula. The swimming beach here is great for families, and facilities are available to make the camping experience as comfortable as possible. The family has not been notified, so we are not releasing the name of the victim.". Fish for them in the evening along gently sloping underwater shelves and the mouths of slow-moving streams as they enter the lake. Along with boating, swimming and fishing in the beautiful, clear waters of the 6,812-acre lake, there are 25 miles of trails, 15 of which are open to mountain biking. The weather did hinder our search (July 21," she said. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. He will not easily be replaced. They searched until sundown July 19, then resumed operations at 8 a.m. July 20 until after dark, although they were hampered slightly by thunder and lightning on July 20, Dirks said. The body of Christopher Michael Morris, 45, of Candler, was recovered at about 2:30 p.m. July 21 in Lake James, according to Lt. Sam Craft with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which is leading the investigation into the drowning. Walleye can also be successfully pursued in shallower waters at night.White bass spawn in May, and the best fishing for this species is typically from 6-7 a.m. along the banks or from anchored boats along the ancient river channels. A search involving some 50 personnel from six counties began July 19 and continued through July 21, said Sam Dirks, spokeswoman for McDowell Emergency Management. He surfaced briefly, went back under water and never surfaced again," Craft said. "It’s hard to imagine that someone so vital and full of life can be taken so quickly. After parking in the centrally located lot, campers must hike 150 to 300 yards to their campsite. Drinking water and restrooms are located within a short walk of all picnic sites. Lake James offers a variety of ways to enjoy the outdoors. Water level fluctuation, due to hydroelectric power production, keeps aquatic vegetation at a minimum and concentrates fish populations, especially in winter. Please be honest about your open water swimming skills. She is the author of "Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina," and is a former National Park Service ranger. Hidden Cove operates according to park hours and must be vacated by closing time. Swimming is free of charge when there are no lifeguards on duty.FishingThe cool mountain waters of the Linville and Catawba rivers flow into hilly terrain to form a deep lake with enough points and coves to challenge any fisherman. The trail to the campground includes an elevation change of about 100 feet. Morris was located in the same area he went missing. There is no running water at the boat-in camping area. She is the author of "Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina," and is a former National Park Service ranger. BoatingTwo boat ramps, Hidden Cove and Canal Bridge, offer access to Lake James where power boats, sailboats and smaller craft have ample room to enjoy the water. "We have 50 personnel since 8 a.m. this morning. That was the fifth such drowning on Lake Norman, near Charlotte, this year. Henderson County man dies in Lake James boating accident in 2019, New law to aid water quality testing in WNC, Hikers lost in Pisgah National Forest went off trail. Fishing tackle, bait, ice and snacks are also available.SwimmingSwimming is permitted in the Paddy's Creek Area only within the designated swimming area. A search involving some 50 personnel from six counties continues July 21 for a Candler man who went missing July 19 while swimming on Lake James in McDowell County, according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Kehler said the man, who is presumed drowned, went missing in water 55-60 feet deep. Large coves offer glass smooth water for skiing or wakeboarding. At 6:22 p.m. July 19, the wildlife commission, which oversees all fishing and boating regulations on North Carolina's waterways, received a report of a drowning of a 45-year-old man, Craft said. Authorities in McDowell County are searching for a missing swimmer at Lake James. To Paddy's Creek Area of Lake James State Park: Traveling east on I-40 from Asheville, take the Nebo/Lake James exit (exit 90) and head north. These 30 campsites are accessible only by boat; you cannot hike or drive to these sites.Each site has a fire pit, picnic table and space for a modest, six-person tent. Swim Area Hours: May 1-September 30, 10 AM-6 PM; Directions. Reach me: or on Twitter @KarenChavezACT, Read more outdoors news:, This article originally appeared on Asheville Citizen Times: Body of Lake James drowning victim who went missing July 19 recovered, identified, Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Tropical Storm Eta, Masters tees off, Diwali: 5 things to know Thursday, Dad: Teen, found dead in Malaysia, couldn't survive jungle. He was married to Connie Morris and was the father of three grown children. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. A fee is in effect when lifeguards are on duty. Lake James Getaways Resort offers: Watersports, Fishing, Swimming, Campsites, Picnic Grounds, Boat ramp.