Explore the Catawba-Wateree River basin! These guided adventure paddles are hosted throughout the year and offer an immersive experience through stretches of the river. Most Eco-Tours are designed for intermediate paddlers who can provide their own kayak and gear. Beginners and those who don’t have own boats are encouraged to look into our kayak rental programs and Thursday Evening Paddle Series.

See the 2022 Eco-Tour calendar below. Scroll down for information about booking a private eco-tour for your group.

2022 Eco-Tour Calendar

Eco-Tours vary in price. (Members get 10% off with their member discount code). Paddlers must be 12 or older to participate.

May 28 – Spider Lily – Landsford Canal State Park

Paddle through the largest stand of rocky shoals spider lilies in the world and then hike through canal ruins! We’ll start our adventure at Landsford Canal State Park in Lancaster, SC. This park is home to well-preserved remains of the canal system that made the river commercially navigable in the 1800s. Led by Riverkeeper’s Program Director and professional kayak guide, we’ll launch from the park and paddle around an island before making our way through the spider lily blooms. The spider lilies usually bloom between mid-May and early June. The route is roughly 2 miles. We’ll take out just downstream from the spider lily stand where your boat and gear will be shuttled back to the park while we hike 1.5 miles on a section of the Carolina Thread Trail through the historic canal ruins with views of the river through Landsford Canal State Park.  You are welcome to keep lunch in your car to enjoy at the park when we get back to our starting location.

Rain Date: May 29

June 4 – Spider Lily – Landsford Canal State Park

Paddle through the largest stand of rocky shoals spider lilies in the world and then hike through canal ruins! We’ll start our adventure at Landsford Canal State Park in Lancaster, SC. This park is home to well-preserved remains of the canal system that made the river commercially navigable in the 1800s. Led by Riverkeeper’s Program Director and professional kayak guide, we’ll launch from the park and paddle around an island before making our way through the spider lily blooms. The spider lilies usually bloom between mid-May and early June. The route is roughly 2 miles. We’ll take out just downstream from the spider lily stand where your boat and gear will be shuttled back to the park while we hike 1.5 miles on a section of the Carolina Thread Trail through the historic canal ruins with views of the river through Landsford Canal State Park.  You are welcome to keep lunch in your car to enjoy at the park when we get back to our starting location.

Rain Date: June 5

July 23 – Wateree River – Lugoff Access to Patriot’s Landing

Explore a 7-mile gentle whitewater and flowing flatwater stretch of the Wateree River with expert kayaker - Riverkeeper’s Engagement Manager Greg Nance! Learn how to access this portion of river and other nearby paddling areas that are part of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in South Carolina. Advance your paddling technique and hear about the areas’s history and the Riverkeeper’s efforts to keep our water healthy. We’ll start at the Lake Wateree Dam in Ridgeway, SC and paddle through a scenic and forested stretch down to Veterans Memorial Park in the Town of Lugoff.  There will be Class I rapids in the beginning of the trip which will turn into gentle flowing flatwater. The Wateree River is a 75-mile stretch that starts just south of Great Falls, SC and confluences with the Congaree River in Fort Motte, SC that then creates the Santee River. For this trip, we will meet at the take-out and work together to shuttle everyone up to the put-in location. There will be a kayak trailer to move equipment to the starting location.

Rain Date: Sunday, July 24

August 13 – Catawba River – Rock Hill to Catawba Nation - KAYAK RENTALS AVAILABLE

Explore an 8-mile gentle whitewater and flowing flatwater stretch of the Catawba River with expert kayaker - Riverkeeper’s Engagement Manager Greg Nance and the Catawba Indian Nation! Learn how to access this portion of river and other nearby paddling areas that are part of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in South Carolina. Advance your paddling technique and hear about this area’s rich history from guest speakers of the Catawba Nation. We’ll start at River Park in Rock Hill, SC and paddle through a scenic stretch to the Catawba Indian Nation kayak launch in Rock Hill.  There may be Class I and II rapids throughout this gentle flowing flatwater portion. This 8-mile trip is part of a 30-mile accessible section for paddlers of the Catawba River from the Lake Wylie Dam in Fort Mill, SC to the Highway 9 launch in Lancaster, SC that includes 7 kayak launches.  For this trip, we will meet at the take-out and work together to shuttle everyone up to the put-in location. We also offer single sit-on-top kayaks and equipment for rent! There will be a kayak trailer to move rental and personal kayak equipment to the starting location.

Rain Date: Sunday, August 14

August 19 – History of the Catawba River – Fort Mill Dam to River Park

Enjoy an evening 3.5-mile kayak tour along the Catawba River with gentle whitewater and flowing flatwater with expert kayaker - Riverkeeper’s Engagement Manager Greg Nance and Alex Brooks with Gaston County History Museum! Learn about how to access this portion of river and other paddling areas that are part of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in South Carolina. Advance your paddling technique and hear about this area’s history and natural surroundings. We’ll start at the Lake Wylie Dam in Fort Mill, SC and paddle through a scenic stretch to River Park in Rock Hill, SC.  There may be Class I rapids throughout this gentle flowing flatwater portion. This 3.5-mile trip is part of a 30-mile accessible section for paddlers of the Catawba River from the Lake Wylie Dam in Fort Mill, SC to the Highway 9 launch in Lancaster, SC that includes 7 kayak launches.  For this trip, we will meet at the take-out and work together to shuttle everyone up to the put-in location. There will be a kayak trailer to move personal kayak equipment to the starting location.

Rain Date: Friday, August 26

October 15 – Bridgewater – Morganton, NC

Details coming soon!

Rain Date: October 16

Photo by James Capozzi

Interested in sponsoring the 2022 Eco-Tour Series? Email diana@catawbariverkeeper.org to start a conversation.