Maps of the Basin

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Links to maps containing information about the Catawba-Wateree River basin.

Upper Catawba Trail Brochure - back
Information about the Upper Catawba Canoe Trail.
Wilson Creek Gorge Paddling Information
Wilson Creek Gorge is a spectacular gorge with super challenging whitewater. Whether you want to go watch the paddlers, or try it yourself (experienced kayakers only), it is worth the visit. The upper part of Wilson Creek also has a wonderful network of trails and campsites for hiking and backpacking.
Catawba River from Lake Wylie to Landsford Canal
This brochure describes access points and points of interest from Lake Wylie to Landsford Canal.
Riverbend Park Brochure (near Hickory)
Brochure describing lake access and other amenities at Riverbend Park in Catawba County near Hickory, NC.
Catawba River Whitewater - summaries from American Whitewater Site
This information includes information about tributaries of the Catawba including the Johns River, Linville River, and Wilson Creek. Most of the sections described in this summary are serious whitewater for skilled paddlers only.
Landsford Canal River Map
A map of Landsford Canal Park showing the locations of the put-in and take-out as well as the locations of major shoals.
Paddling Trips on the River
The Catawba Riverkeeper encourages everybody to get out and paddle on the River. We sponsor periodic family paddling trips on different sections of the Catawba River and its tributaries and we we have guided trips for youth throughout the summer. Come out and canoe or kayak with the Catawba Riverkeeper. In the alternative, get out and paddle on your own.
Wilson Creek
Wilson Creek Gorge is spectacular, but only appropriate for the most experienced paddlers (unless you just want to look at the scenery and watch the paddlers).
The Water of the Catawba
The municipal use of the Catawba River's water including an interactive map of withdrawals and discharges
RiverVenture Map Interface
Interactive educational map of the section of the Catawba from Lake Wylie to Landsford Canal State Park.
Linville to Lookout Shoals map
part 1 of 6
Lake Norman map
3/2012. 2 of 6
MIL map
3/2012. part 3 of 6
Lake Wylie map
3/2012. part 4 of 6
Landsford to Rocky Creek map
3/2012. part 5 of 6
Lake Wateree map
3/2012. part 6 of 6
Wateree basin beyond Lake Wateree
3/2012. addendum map to parts 1-6
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Jan 25, 2017 NC Riverkeeper Report
From the perspectives of 12 NC Riverkeepers, this report discusses how multiple environmental issues pose challenges in the pursuit of clean, plentiful water. Whether you are in North Carolina or downstream in South Carolina, read this report about the state of environmental enforcement.
Dec 13, 2016 Community Foundation of Gaston County grants $5,000 to CRF for Riverkeeper Program
The Community Foundation will fund Catawba Riverkeeper's work in Gaston County.
Dec 12, 2016 A Successful Launch of our Water Education Program at Great Falls Elementary
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation in partnership with 4-H Clemson Cooperative Extension successfully completed our pilot Education Outreach Program with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from Great Falls Elementary.
Sep 27, 2016 Lake Wateree Fall Cleanup a Sweeping Success
86 volunteers collected 5,490 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree
Jun 13, 2016 Dozens of Youth Reached in Water Education Outreach Program Pilot Lessons
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Tell your Riverkeeper if you see:

  • Sewage Overflows
  • Failure to control sediment from construction sites
  • Illegal clearing of buffer areas
  • Fish kills 
  • Unpermitted discharges
  • Other issues that concern you

Click here to fill out a pollution report or to report water pollution to Catawba Riverkeeper by phone, call 1-888-679-9494 or 704-679-9494.  In addition, to informing your Riverkeeper, you should also report spills or contamination to federal, state and local environmental officials.

To report South Carolina water pollution call 1-888-481-0125.

To report North Carolina spills or fish kills, call your local regional Department of Environment & Natural Resources office during normal business hours (704-663-1699 for most Catawba basin areas or (828) 296-4500 for Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and other mountain counties) or 800-858-0368 after hours.  (For more information on NC spill reporting, click here)


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