Catawba Riverkeeper offers flatwater kayaking experiences Saturdays and Sundays May – September at Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park in Belmont.

Guests can enjoy 90 minutes of self-guided paddling on a calm, quiet stretch of the upper part of Lake Wylie – the oldest lake on the Catawba River. This kayaking experience is great for first time paddlers or families with young children.

After a brief safety talk and introduction to the area, you’re free to explore the coves, wildlife, and shoreline of a half mile area up and downstream from the launch.

$20 rental fee includes kayak, paddle, Personal Floatation Device, and safety instruction. Guests should dress comfortably in clothes that can get wet. Shoes with a heel strap are encouraged.


Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park in Belmont sits just across the Wilkinson Blvd Bridge from Charlotte/Mecklenburg County on the banks of Lake Wylie. This linear park features a playground, pavilions, and restrooms as well as nearly a mile of paved walking paths and a fishing pier and a handicap accessible kayak launch.