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 recreation in or along the River, its lakes, and streams.

Thursday Evening Paddles

Unwind on Thursdays after work this April & May 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.

Kayak Rentals & Guided Tours

Choose from a variety of kayaking experiences offered Saturdays & Sundays starting April 3. From flatwater on Lake Wylie, to slowly flowing water on the South Fork, to Class I and II rapids, we’ve got something for everyone.

You can participate as an individual or book a private group outing. Learn more and plan your trip here.


Explore different parts of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin on guided trips with Catawba Riverkeeper. Typically, Eco-Tours are designed for intermediate level paddlers and guests are required to bring their own gear. Learn more.

Paddle, Bike, Run Series powered by OrthoCarolina

Join Catawba Riverkeeper at the Boathouse on the 1st Thursday of each month May – October (Kickoff on April 10) for rotating outdoor sports.

Each event will begin at 6:30 PM at The Boathouse in McAdenville, NC. After introductions, the group will paddle, bike, or run for about 45 minutes to an hour. Then, we invite you to enjoy good company at The Boathouse.

Learn more and sign up.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Catawba Riverkeeper is partnering with Anchored Soul to provide SUP Basics and SUP Fitness classes in McAdenville, NC.

Classes are $30 include equipment rental. Discounts given to those who bring their own SUP.

Click here for schedule, details, and registration.

Swimming Hole Hikes

Coming this June, you’re invited on guided hikes to swimming holes in the Catawba River basin. Cool off after a summer hike in a mountain stream! Dates and details coming soon!