Catawba - 2. Bridgewater Dam to Route 1147 Bridge


Catawba, North Carolina, US

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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
CATAWBA R AT SR1223 BL LK JAMES NR BRIDGEWATER, NC
usgs-02138520 200 - 10000 cfs I-II 00h21m 2980 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

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Events

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Calendar by Date by Title

June 2018

S M T W T F S
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1
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

2
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
08:00 am -1:00 pm est
Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners. 900-900 cfs

3
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

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6
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
08:00 am -1:00 pm est
Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners. 900-900 cfs

7
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

8
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
08:00 am -1:00 pm est
Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners. 900-900 cfs

9
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

10
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
08:00 am -1:00 pm est
Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners. 900-900 cfs

11
12
13
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

14
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
08:00 am -1:00 pm est
Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners. 900-900 cfs

15
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

16
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
08:00 am -1:00 pm est
Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners. 900-900 cfs

17
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

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19
20
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
08:00 am -1:00 pm est
Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners. 900-900 cfs

21
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

22
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
08:00 am -1:00 pm est
Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners. 900-900 cfs

23
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

24
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
08:00 am -1:00 pm est
Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners. 900-900 cfs

25
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27
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

28
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
08:00 am -1:00 pm est
Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners. 900-900 cfs

29
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Whitewater Release (higher flow)1300-1300 cfs

30
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release
08:00 am -1:00 pm est
Float Angling Flow (lower flow). American Whitewater and affiliate paddling clubs negotiated these releases with partners. 900-900 cfs


Events
Catawba Bridgewater Dam Release Glen Alpine,NC runs 04/28/18 - 10/28/18, next 06/01/18
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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.