Catawba, North Carolina, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (for normal flows)|
|CATAWBA R AT SR1223 BL LK JAMES NR BRIDGEWATER, NC|
|usgs-02138520||200 - 10000 cfs||I-II||00h39m||1500 cfs (running)|
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. The specific schedule is set in a meeting each March and can be found at this link. Duke's page contains both a 3-day forecast, as well as a link on the upper right to the annual schedule of scheduled boating flows.
This is likely an underutilized recreation opportunity in the summer when flow is scarce. Give it a try!
FERC to Host Public Catawba Meetings
March 14, 2007
Catawba Releases to Begin this Summer!
April 13, 2007
Catawba Analysis Released, Meetings Planned
March 20, 2009
State Clears Way for New Catawba River Dam License & Releases (NC/SC)
February 16, 2015