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Catawba River: River Park to Catawba Nation

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Catawba River: River Park to Catawba Nation

Skill Level: Easy
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Rapids: Class I , II
Length: 7.6 miles
Duration: 2.5 - 4 hours
Portaging: No
What to Expect

This trip is a little longer and more rural than the upstream sections of the Catawba. Most of the banks are wooded. This section is mostly flat water, with a rocky shoals along the way. 

Access
Put in:
River Park Rock Hill
Access Details

Wooded trails, boardwalks, picnic area, and other amenities are available at this park along a beautiful stretch of Catawba River.

Take out:
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. 

Trip Details

Starting at River Park, this trip takes you past rural, wooded stream banks and a number of rocky shoals. You will float to the east until about halfway, where the river makes a large bend to the south. After the bend is a series of shoals. 

The take-out for this trip is on the Catawba Nation Greenway, on the Catawba Reservation. There is a Catawba National Cultural Center and other amenities available near the take-out.  

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Gordon Stiel
Jun 25, 2018 3:19 pm EDT
My wife and I did this section this past weekend and were amazed how remote it felt after passing by the River Park area (having started in the middle of the Riverwalk area). Bald eagles and a great mix of shallow and deeper river sections made for an enjoyable paddle!
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Solitude (Credit: Flickr user Brian (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))
Fishing at Catawba Crossing (Credit: Jim Dollar via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0))
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