Catawba River from Lake Wylie to Landsford Canal
Description of access points and points of interest on the 31-mile long "free-flowing" section of the Catawba below Lake Wylie.
The section of the Catawba River below the Lake Wylie Dam, near Rock Hill, South Carolina, offers great opportunities for a fun family trip close to the Charlotte area. The first section from the Lake Wylie dam to River Park in Rock Hill is about 6 miles long. The next section from River Park to Landsford Canal State Park is about 18 miles long. The final section, from Landsford Canal State Park to the Hwy. 9 bridge access is about 7.4 miles long. If the release from Lake Wylie is 80 cubic feet per minute (cfm) or less, the water may be too low for this section to be enjoyable. If the release from Lake Wylie approaches 11,800 cfm, Class I rapids become transformed into Class III rapids suitable for experienced paddlers only.
- Duke Energy Map of Catawba River below Lake Wylie showing access points
- Duke Energy brochure describing the Catawba River Trail from Lake Wylie to Landsford Canal
- Link to website of Catawba River Expeditions, which can provide canoe rentals.