Catawba - 1. Route 1234 Bridge to US Route 221 Bridge


Catawba, North Carolina, US

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1. Route 1234 Bridge to US Route 221 Bridge

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 12 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CATAWBA R NR PLEASANT GARDENS, NC
usgs-02137727 100 - 10000 cfs I-II 00h40m 512 cfs (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.


River Description

Carolina Whitewater, B.Benner
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-08-05 20:15:43

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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August 7 2018 (105 days ago)
hjohnson1943 (160228)
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.
July 26 2018 (117 days ago)
mrburneisen (160191)
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
July 17 2013 (1952 days ago)
keithandlee (155726)
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.
December 2 2009 (3275 days ago)
x (1)
This is good class 1 stuff at 1300 cfs.


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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.