On Fridays during the summer, Catawba Riverkeeper offers flatwater kayaking experiences for kids ages 10-15.

For $20, your child gets a kayak, paddle, PFD, safety instruction, and a guided tour on the water.

All kids’ kayaking experiences begin at 9:30 AM and end at 12 PM.


Kids’ Kayaking days take place at different locations throughout the Catawba River Basin. 2020 locations included:

  • McDowell Nature Preserve on Lake Wylie (Charlotte)
  • Latta Nature Preserve on Mountain Island Lake (Huntersville)
  • Tailrace Marina on upper Lake Wylie (Mt. Holly)
  • Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park on upper Lake Wylie (Belmont)
  • Goat Island Park on the South Fork (Cramerton)
  • Lake Norman State Park on Lake Norman (Troutman)
  • Landsford Canal State Park on the Catawba River (Catawba, SC).

Check back for 2021 schedule and registration.

Parent/guardian signature on the waiver is required for kids to participate in the program.