1. ​When and why was the Community of Lake James, Inc. started? 
    CLJ began in the summer of 2004 when creation of a special tax district for the lake was being considered.

  2. How do I become a member of CLJ? 
    Anyone who owns property within a mile from Lake James is automatically considered a member.

  3. What is the purpose of CLJ? 
    The purpose of CLJ is to educate and represent the membership on the activities and affairs that occurred or are occurring in Burke and McDowell Counties or elsewhere, that have an impact on Lake James and the surrounding area. This includes environmental, safety, government regulations and all other issues relating to Lake James and the surrounding area.

  4. What can CLJ do for me and for my property? 
    We work hard to keep you informed. CLJ is made up of residents who care about Lake James and each other. We have officers and other knowledgeable volunteers who not only keep you up to date on the issues that affect you and your property.

  5. Why do you have elections every year? 
    You are not just a member of the community as a whole; you also belong to a district membership based on the location of property you own. Not only are you encouraged to vote and elect the CLJ Officers and your District Representatives, we also encourage members to apply to be put on the ballots as a District Representative.

  6. Do you have regular meetings? 
    We meet on the second Tuesday of every month. Our meetings are structured, but also offer an open forum for everyone to have input. Everyone is welcome and we encourage your participation.

  7. What is the email subscription form all about? 
    We send regular emails to keep members informed. If we don't already have your email address, you can sign up to be a subscriber and keep up to date with what's going on at the lake, community issues and general meeting agendas.

  8. Is CLJ a non-profit organization? 
    Yes, CLJ is registered as a 501(c)3 and is supported by donations from Lake James area residents and website advertisers.

  9. How can I help CLJ? 
    ​You can help support CLJ financially as well as in giving of our time, talents and knowledge. Please go to the "Contact Us!" page to let us know how you would like to participate and contribute to help make the Community of Lake James a better, stronger, cleaner and safer place to live, work and play!

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representING THE LAKE JAMES COMMUNITY SINCE 2004.
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CLJ HISTORY

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Voting districts

District 1 includes everything from White's Creek up to Boyd Moore Cove Road This contains Dry Creek , South Point and Linville Points.

District 2 includes everything from Boyd Moore Cove Road to the Power House Road that goes to Glen Alpine. This contains Boyd Moore Cove, East Shores, Laurel Ridge and Cottage Ridge.

District 3 includes everything from the Power House Road to Glen Alpine to the Canal Bridge. This contains Lakeridge, Benfield’s Landing, Laurel Pointe, Holiday Shores, North Shores, Mallard Cove, and Mallard Point.

District 4 includes everything from the Canal Bridge along the Burke/McDowell line (approx. Goodman's Landing) back to White's Creek. This contains Mountain Harbor, 1780, Longtown, South Mountain Institute, and Faunta Flora.

District 5 includes everything from Canal Bridge to include before Forest Lake Heights Road. This contains Hidden Cove, Lake James State Park, Old Duffer Lane, Marion Lake Club, Lake View Estates, Lake View Point, Lake View Shores, North Shores, Waterglyn, McDowell Wildlife, and Lakeview Hills.

District 6 includes everything from Forest Lake Heights Road to the intersection of Hankins Road and Lake James Road (Burnettes' Landing). This contains all of Forest Lake Heights, Arbors and Plantation Point.

District 7 includes everything form Hankins Road to include Goodman's Landing. This contains Black Forest, Black Bear Access, Bear Cliff and Sunset Point.

​​CLJ began in the summer of 2004 when creation of a special tax district for the lake was being considered.   Since property owners were in the dark, a number of residents from around the lake met with local politicians to find out what was being proposed. Because of this meeting and input from local residents, the tax idea was withdrawn . As a result, we saw a need to keep lake residents informed of current and future actions that might affect them. With support from local residents, we became a non-profit, tax exempt, corporation in December 2004, receiving notice of our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS in May of this year.

Many of you do not live here full time and may not always be aware of events that affect the lake area.  The purpose of the CLJ is to educate and represent the area residents and/or property owners about the issues and activities that have an impact on Lake James and the surrounding area.  This includes the environment, safety, governmental regulations, etc.  To be proactive rather than reactive, we must have a strong and viable organization that keeps area property owners informed about issues confronting Lake James… before they fully materialize, not afterwards when it is often too late to do anything about them.


We need your help to make a difference. Those owning property or living within one mile of the perimeter of Lake James in Burke and McDowell counties are invited to become supporters. The area has been divided into 7 geographic districts, each with one representative.  In addition, there are 4 representatives-at-large, for a total of 11 on the Board of Directors.  Elections occur each year, in September, during our Annual meeting.

Regular meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month (announcements by e-mail and local newspapers). We have a variety of guest speakers on issues from lake safety to new developments to Inter-Basin Transfers. Also, a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has been started.