Paddle SC

Catawba River

Scroll down for more details
Legend
Hide All

Catawba River

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.

Suggested Trips (5)

Featured trips for this waterway showing difficulty (circles) and current runnability status (squares). .

Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies at Landsford Canal State Park (Credit: Todd Betlem)
Catawba River (Credit: Flickr user Brian (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))
Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies at Landsford Canal State Park (Credit: South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism)
Waterway Resources
Prevent lyme disease
Avoid walking in long grasses to access a waterway, wear long pants/sleeves, use insect repellents, and check yourself for ticks regularly.
X Close
Skill Level
Easy
Moderate
Difficult
Advanced
Learn more
X Close
Flow Level
Runnable
Above Runnable
Below Runnable
No Information
Learn more
X Close
Skill & Flow Level
Easy
Moderate
Difficult
Advanced
Runnable
Above Runnable
Below Runnable
No Information
X Close
Access Amenities
Parking - Dedicated Lot
Parking - Roadside
Restroom / Toilets
Fee Required
Handicap Accessible
Camping
Paddle SC is presented by
Upstate Forever
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
Rainey Foundation