Catawba River

Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730

Catawba River

Catawba River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"You can check the Duke Energy website (listed above) for discharge times, but the power company can and sometimes will change their generation schedule without notice. However, you can check the USGS Catawba River gauge (listed above) to see what the actual flow rate is. It takes about 1.5 hours for the flow to reach the gauge at the US 21 bridge from Wylie Dam. At the lowest flows, the river will be a little rocky and shallow. Anywhere from 2000 to 3600 cfs is good paddling.

The river will push you down without the rapids turning crazy. From 3600 to 6000 is considered high water, and the current can be very fast. Above 6,000 cfs, river waves are washed out and paddling is not recommended; it can be quite dangerous if you flip. At normal flows, the few rapids are Class I and pose no hazard."

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Trail Information

Rock Hill
Nearby City
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Dam-controlled tailwater river. Duke Energy Water Release Schedule: Scroll to find Wylie. Schedules posted 72 hours in advance. USGS gauge: Catawba River Near Rock Hill, SC; minimum 650 cfs, maximum 6000 cfs.
Tidal Information
Catawba River Expeditions, (803) 327-9335,
Local Contacts
Catawba River Canoe & Kayak Trail Map; Catawba River Canoe Trail; USGS Quadrangle Maps: Lake Wylie, Fort Mill, Rock Hill East
Local Maps

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Dec 2018