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Difficulty III
Length 2 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 03/22/2003 1:20 pm

River Description


Normally dewatered unless water is spilling over the dam.

From Joemess on boatertalk (2-23-03):

A friend, my wife and I had a chance to run the Long section of the dewatered Catawba riverbed near Great falls. I do not know anybody that has ever ran this before and I figured with the rain we had there would be a chance it was running. When we got the the bridge above the put in, we could see just a little water starting to spill over the cofferdam. We set shuttle and headed off. One warning, the put in is on PRIVATE land. The takeout, however is on public land and can be accesessd at the Stumpy Pond Boat Ramp. For the first 3/4 mile or so there was not to much water and we did a fair amount of scraping over the rocks and did a lot of tree and dead wood dodging. After a set of islands where a creek empties into the riverbed it started to come alive. There were about 6 good rapids with many waves, wavetrains, and eddylines to goof on in between. I didn't see any huge waves to play on, but with the river 60-100 yards wide in places I am sure I could have missed them. Lots of fun. Took about 7 30 second movies and a few pics. The photos are here.

I uploaded one movie to American Whitewater but I am having no luck with the others. (is there a file size limit?) It can be seen at:

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/photos/?photoid=3454

This was one of the nastier rapids of the day. (mostly because there was wood sharing the ride down with me) If I can't get the others to load I will have to figure somewhere else to put them or just mail them to those that are curious.

Thanks to my Wife and Al who did this with me today. It was amazing.

Andrew

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Andrew Lazenby
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14 years ago

Time for a long overdue update on this reach. In October of 2004 AW in partnership with Duke Power successfully completed the flow study on both river sections. The quality of the whitewater and playspots were impressive. We are currently in the middle of negotiations to determine the number of opportunities to boat his section in the future. I look forward to continue to work with AW to bring this section of the Catawba river back to life. Completion of this project is slated to 2007-2008.

Andrew Lazenby

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wreeves
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14 years ago

Any news or updates on this run? Will it see water in the future?

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wreeves
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14 years ago

A major update is needed for this run. The AW arranged a series of test releases and the run is being considereed for regular rleases.

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BradR
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16 years ago

In this months AW, Jeff Tallman wrote an article describing a section of the Catawba river in between Rock Hill and Columbia S.C. This is a two mile section of old riverbed that has not had water in it since the early 1900's on a regular basis. AW is trying to secure regular flows in the channel for us to use.
With all ths rain we have had this last week, Great Falls is running as we speak.(according to duke dude this afeternoon. It wasn't this morning) According to a Duke power contact there is at least 2 ft of water going over the Coffer dam and into the old Dewatered Riverbed. I am getting ready to drive back down to look at it this afternoon and get some pictures of the Fishing creek Dam with 2 floodgates open. I have some photos I have taken inthe past when I have chanced upon it running and ran the section and they can be viewed

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/rivers/id/3934/

and

http://community.webshots.com/user/joemess

there are photos of it with no water and with water running in both channels. The titles to the albums will say Great falls or dewatered. There are 3 or 4 and they should be on the first page.

I will post an update in an hour or so after I get back to verify what the Duke person said. Ill add details then.

Andrew

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Kevin Yount
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8 years ago

any new news about releases on this section?

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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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State Clears Way for New Catawba River Dam License & Releases (NC/SC)

2015-02-16 10:44:00-05
Kevin Colburn

Last week the State of South Carolina issued the final permit that Duke Energy needed before the federal government could issue them a new license for operating their dams.  With a new license now expected sometime this year, paddlers can start gearing up for some big changes in the Catawba Watershed including new conservation opportunities, access areas, water releases, and stream gages.

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Great Falls of the Catawba Video Update (SC)

2017-10-12 09:26:00-04
Kevin Colburn

Check out a quick video update from the Great Falls of the Catawba, 11 years after American Whitewater joined a group of 70 organizations, agencies, and individuals in signing a Settlement Agreement that will shape the management of the Catawba River for the next 30-50 years.

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Catawba River Access Enhancements to Begin (NC/SC)

2018-01-08 09:43:00-05
Kevin Colburn

Federal regulators recently gave Duke Energy the green light to move forward on the Catawba-Wateree recreation management plan. The plan includes public recreation requirements and agreements included in the new 40-year license FERC issued in 2015 for the Catawba-Wateree’s Hydroelectric Project. The project encompasses nearly 1,800 miles of shoreline along 11 reservoirs and multiple river reaches in nine counties in North Carolina and five in South Carolina. Projects include new picnic facilities, fishing piers, swim beaches, campgrounds, expanded parking, restrooms and additional boating access areas.

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AW Presents Catawba Proposal (SC)

2005-04-06 00:00:00-04
Kevin Colburn

American Whitewater presented a river conservation and access proposal to a group of dam relicensing stakeholders on Thursday, March 31st.  Our proposal presents a placed based vision for improving the ecological integrity and recreational values of the Great Falls of the Catawba.
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Andrew Lazenby