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Lake James Community

Your resource for all things about Lake James. We have lived on Lake James for over 20 years. We have a boat to see property from the Lake or just enjoy our Lake.

Community Description

Lake James is a large reservoir in the mountains of Western North Carolina which straddles the border between Burke and McDowell Counties. It is named for tobacco tycoon and benefactor of Duke University, James Buchanan Duke. The lake lies behind a series of 4 earthen dams. It was created by Duke Power between 1916-1923 as a hydro-electric project. It still generates power today and is the uppermost lake on the Catawba River system. Lake James contains 10.2 square miles of surface area and more than 150 miles of shoreline.

See the lake where the Last of the Mohicans and the closing scene of The Hunt for Red October were filmed with the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop.


Lake James is in the Foothills of Western North Carolina. From I-40, take exit 105 toward Downtown Morganton, the gateway to the lake. Morganton is a quaint town only 10 miles from the lake with a vibrant craft beer scene and lots of special shops and restaurants. Check out Downtown Morganton here..

Search Homes and Lots Available at Lake James

We are members of Burke, McDowell, and Carolinas Multiple Listing Services and many listings are on each MLS and will display multiple times. 

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Trust us to help you understand Lake James

We know when the lake is lowered to do repairs and potential impact on floating docks. We know the subdivisions and their.protective covenants. We know every cove on Lake James and water depths all around the lake. What about great fishing spots? Of course we know. We know the builders who understand building on the lake and more.....