Catawba Riverkeeper knows that when people engage with the River, they will be inspired to protect it. That’s why we offer several ways for you to experience the River, its lakes, and streams.

Rent a kayak!

Whether you’re a first-timer or a intermediate paddler, we want to give you access to local flatwater kayaking. From May – September, we offer $20 kayak rentals out of Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park in Belmont.

Coming in 2021, kayaking opportunities on the South Fork River. Start at our headquarters at McAdenville River Park and float down to Goat Island Park in Cramerton. We’ll even shuttle you back to your car!

Kids’ Kayaking Program

Your 10-15 year olds are invited to kayak with Catawba Riverkeeper on Fridays during the summer. $20 gets your child a kayak, paddle, PFD, safety instruction, and guide. Locations vary. Learn more.


Explore different parts of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin on guided trips with Catawba Riverkeeper. From hikes to Catawba Falls, paddles in Congaree National Park, and our signature Spider Lily tour, you won’t want to miss out. Typically, Eco-Tours are designed for intermediate level paddlers and guests are required to bring their own gear. Learn more.

Thursday Evening Paddles

Unwind on Thursdays after work this summer with a paddle on the Catawba River or a local lake. Kayaks, paddles, PFDs, safety instruction, and a guide are included. Great for date night, happy hour with friends, and family fun. Locations vary. Learn more.


Catawba Riverkeeper is providing overnight outdoor experiences at our Outdoor Center along the River in Fort Lawn, SC. The campsite features many unique ecological and recreational opportunities. Your group can choose from a menu of experiences that include fishing, flatwater kayaking, field games, and environmental education classes.

Details and booking information coming soon.