Two parcels of land totaling 129 acres have been added to Lake James State Park, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday. The property, which features 8,900 feet of shoreline, was previously owned by Crescent Communities.
The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina aided in negotiations for the $1.74 million acquisition, which was funded through the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The sale results in state ownership of the entire Long Arm Peninsula on the lake’s northern section. The Long Arm Peninsula and the Paddy’s Creek watershed, totaling 2,915 acres, were added to the state park in 2005 in a deal with Crescent Resources, the predecessor of Crescent Communities. The two small parcels were withheld from that agreement and remained privately owned within the park boundaries.
“This acquisition will allow us to preserve the natural beauty of this splendid state park and keep it accessible to all North Carolinians for generations to come,” McCrory said in a written statement.
Lake James State Park was established in 1987 and encompasses 3,644 acres on both the north and south shore of the lake. The park recorded 471,566 visitors in 2014. The park is in Burke and McDowell counties, five miles northeast of Marion.