Catawba - 2. Bridgewater Dam to Route 1147 Bridge

Catawba, North Carolina, US


2. Bridgewater Dam to Route 1147 Bridge

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 8.5 Miles

play hole

play hole
Photo of Kevin Colburn by Andrew Lazenby taken 07/15/04 @ 900 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02138520 200 - 10000 cfs I-II 00h54m 1570 cfs (running)

River Description

The Bridgewater section of the Catawba River offers dam release Class II+ whitewater on a set schedule. The water is clear and cold! The first mile or two is similar to the Nantahala, with small waves and holes. After the whitewater section the river spreads out for a lazy float to the takeout.

The flow regime was negotiated by American Whitewater and Carolina Canoe Club, and other partners. Check out the 3-day flow forecast for the Bridgewater project to see what flows are on the horizon. There is also a link on the upper right of the forecast page to the calendar of scheduled releases.

This is likely an underutilized recreation opportunity in the summer when flow is scarce. Give it a try!

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-06-19 16:18:27

Rapid Descriptions

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Associated Projects

  • Catawba Relicensing (SC)
    The relicensing of a string of dams on the Catawba River could restore the Great Falls of the Catawba, and bring massive public benefits throughout the watershed.