Over 10 million people visit the Catawba River each year, to fish, boat, kayak, swim, canoe, and all sorts of other recreational activities. The basin is home to four state parks, and the scenic Linville River. The amount of people visiting the Catawba is expected to continue to increase by 11% per decade through 2050. The study that has all of this information is taking into account only the people visiting the public access points along the river. Add to that the number of private access points to the river and the number of people visiting the river is huge!
Look up sites where you can visit our beautiful Catawba River or Wateree River by clicking on one of the maps of the Catawba-Wateree basin. To find out more information about where to paddle on the Catawba and Wateree Rivers, Click Here. We hope to see you on the river!!
Click on the subheadings below for additional information about the Catawba-Wateree Basin.
Maps of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin
Facts about the River
History of the Basin
Help protect your River!
Tell your Riverkeeper if you see:
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)
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a proud member of EarthShare North Carolina, the North Carolina Conservation Network, River Network and the Waterkeeper Alliance.