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North Carolina whitewater, Catawba River - South Fork

Gaston county, McAdenville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 
 
The Spencer Mountain River Access has limited access and requires a pass which can be obtained by contacting Catawba Lands Conservancy - info@catawbalands.org. Says Heike Biller

What are the 'rapids' like on this stretch of river? Do they require mapping a safe route through, or are you pretty ok whichever way you traverse them? Says New2canoe

SPENCER MOUNTAIN RIVER ACCESS is located at 282 Stanley Spencer Mountain Road. The
    run to the R. Y. McAden River Access take out point (149 Willow Dr, Gastonia, NC 28056) is approx. 2 hours and 5. 5 miles. Features range from slow moving water w/ intermittent rapids to concentrated rapids at approximate
mile 3. 5. There is a dam approximately 5. 5 miles down the river - users must exit the river before the dam. Says Steve

The beautiful scenery of Gaston County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state
 
are pretty easy. This stretch is very short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the McAdenville stretch is one of them. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The campgrounds here at Catawba River - South Fork are pretty good. The put-in location is a short drive from Lincolnton, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Catawba River - South Fork, McAdenville road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Catawba River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Catawba River - South Fork:
Catawba River - South Fork, Gaston County, 0 miles away
      Class -blank- - 0.2 miles long (McAdenville)
Catawba River - South Fork, Gaston County, 12 miles away
      Class -blank- - 0.2 miles long (High Shoals)
Kings Branch, Cherokee County, 26 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2 miles long (Kings Mountain Park Run)
 Ski Areas Near Catawba River - South Fork:
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 66 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 72 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 73 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 76 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Catawba River - South Fork:
Harbortowne Marina & Ships, Belmont , 6 miles away
Long Cove Marina & Yacht Club, Charlotte , 9 miles away
Pier 88 Yacht Club, Clover , 9 miles away
TEGA Cay Marina, Clover , 9 miles away
Pier 49 Marina, Charlotte , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Catawba River - South Fork:
Hampton Inn Charlotte-Belmont * Montcross, Belmont , 2 miles away
The Villa At Waters Edge, Belmont , 3 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites CHARLOTTE ARPT-BELMONT, Belmont , 4 miles away
Super 8 Gastonia, Gastonia , 4 miles away
Comfort Suites Gastonia, Gastonia , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Catawba River - South Fork:
McDowell Nature Preserve, Charlotte, 10 miles away
Tuckers Grove Campground, Lincoln County, 12 miles away
KOA Kampgrounds, Fort Mill, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Catawba River - South Fork:
Crowders Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 14 miles away
Kings Mountain State Park, South Carolina , 21 miles away
Lake Norman State Park, North Carolina , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Catawba River - South Fork:
Cramer Mountain Country Club, Cramerton , 2 miles away
Gaston Country Club, Gastonia , 6 miles away
Gastonia Golf Course, Gastonia , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Catawba River - South Fork
Robinwood Lake, Gaston , 6 miles away
Brinkleys Twin Lakes, Mecklenburg , 8 miles away
Lake Norman, Lincoln , 13 miles away

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