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Difficulty I-II
Length 12 Miles
Gauge CATAWBA R NR PLEASANT GARDENS, NC
Flow Range 100 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 50 minutes ago 376 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 08/05/2015 8:15 pm

River Description


Carolina Whitewater, B.Benner

Rapid Descriptions

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Harold Johnson
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7 months ago

Ran on 6/30/18 at 290 cfs and 8/5/18 at 720 cfs. At 290 cfs the first mile has a lot of scraps but you can still get thru without getting out of the boat. I'd say the floor for this run s/b 300 cfs. At 720 cfs the river is much faster and a little pushy in some narrow spots. There are a few new river wide strainers that you can get thru if you're careful. This is a nice paddle.

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Matthew Burneisen
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7 months ago

Access at the Catawba River Park on Old Greenlee Rd. by Tom Johnson Camping World. Take out Phillips Landing Business 221 downstream of the greenway. Fun little rapids at the river park above the cement steps, cool wave along the greenway, this section takes 45 min to an hour to run with canoes. lots of tubes, canoes, and kayaks family friendly! Greenway section is Delayed Harvest Trout Waters stocked October through May

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Keith Ross
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5 years ago

Ran this section at about 1000 cfs in skirted crossover kayaks and an inflatable. Also wore helmets. Fast moving water with many I and II rapids. The biggest danger was strainers. Never had to portage but had to scout around each bend in the river. Overall, this section was enjoyable. The outside temp was 90 so the largely tree shaded river and cool water were refreshing.

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9 years ago

This is good class 1 stuff at 1300 cfs.

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Richard Carpenter
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3 months ago

Fun, easy, place to play when above 550cfs, 1150cfs or above makes for fun I-II. I wouldn't bother if its below 400 unless you really enjoy flatwater. The sweet spot for CFS is 1100-2000. One metal cable in the water between Tom Johnson's and the Catawba river Park.

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Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
CATAWBA R NR PLEASANT GARDENS, NC
AW Gauge Info
376 cfs ℹ️ 00h50m n/a
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Date Flow Result Factor  
1998-02-22 Medium Fatality Cold Water Read More

Alerts

News

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FERC to Host Public Catawba Meetings

2007-03-14 00:00:00-04
Kevin Colburn

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is coming to North and South Carolina to hear what the public thinks about the relicensing of a string of dams on the Catawba River. Paddlers are encouraged to attend these meetings and share your support and enthusiasm for a vastly improved Catawba River, and the settlement agreement that will lead to those improvements.
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Catawba Releases to Begin this Summer!

2007-04-13 00:00:00-04
Kevin Colburn

Duke Energy has agreed to begin recreational releases on the Catawba River this year, prior to the licensing of their dams.  Duke has offered a partial schedule of releases on all of their dam controlled reaches except Great Falls.  We would like to thank Duke for providing these new recreational opportunities, and encourage paddlers to get out there and enjoy them this summer!  Thanks also to Maurice Blackburn of the Carolina Canoe Club for working with Duke on this great initiative.
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Catawba Analysis Released, Meetings Planned

2009-03-20 00:00:00-04
Kevin Colburn

Last week Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff released their draft analysis of the proposed management of a string of dams on North and South Carolina's Catawba River. FERC has announced public meetings at which the public can offer their comments and learn more about the project.  FERC has largely supported the settlement agreement that AW signed with Duke Power and dozens of other stakeholders.    

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