The Catawba River corridor and adjacent uplands contain large acreages of undeveloped forestland, with a mix of agricultural and pasture lands. Natural communities with high resource value include the wet, rocky shoal areas in the river channel and the forested habitats of the river floodplain and its bluffs. This section of the Catawba is best known for its large stand of rocky shoals spider lily (Hymenocallis coronaria) which has a spectacular bloom in mid-May to mid-June each year and may be viewed by boat or along the shores of Landsford Canal State Park.
The 30-mile section of the Catawba River in York, Lancaster and Chester counties, extending from Lake Wylie dam downstream to the SC Highway 9 Bridge was designated a State Scenic River in June 2008. The Catawba is a large dam-regulated Piedmont river which provides outstanding scenery, recreational fishing and boating opportunities, and other nature-based recreations.
Featured trips for this waterway showing difficulty (circles) and current runnability status (squares). .