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Catawba River: Catawba Nation to Landsford Canal State Park

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Catawba River: Catawba Nation to Landsford Canal State Park

Skill Level: Easy
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Rapids: Class I
Length: 9.7 miles
Duration: 4 - 5 hours
Portaging: No
What to Expect

This is a half-day paddle down a very rural section of the Catawba River. The river is mostly wide, flat, and straight through this section, with a few shoals along the way. Finish the trip at Landsford Canal State Park, home to the world’s largest population of Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies.

Access
Put in:
Catawba Nation Hand Carry Boat Launch
Access Details

This access is a part of the Catawba Nation Greenway. It is located on Catawba Nation Reservation. 

Take out:
Landsford Canal State Park
Access Details

This take-out uses the upstream access at Landsford Canal State PArk. This canoe trail access is located near the ranger station and trailhead, off of Park Dr. 

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Mary Katheryne Zagora
Sep 07, 2020 8:27 pm EDT
My husband and I kayak this stretch regularly - we love it. We rarely see anyone else until we are approaching Landsford. I take out at upper Landsford, and my husband does the little bit to the lower Landsford take-out (it's too exciting for me). We almost always see the bald eagle that lives at Landsford.
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Kayaking down the Catawba River May 2017 (Credit: Todd Betlem)
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