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Catawba River Blueway - Lake Wylie Section
Uses Paddling
Place Belmont (NC)
Charlotte (NC)
Fort Mill (SC)
Lake Wylie (SC)
Mount Holly (NC)
Rock Hill (SC)
Tega Cay (SC)
York (SC)
Difficulty Moderate
Length27.3 miles, One Way

Approximately 27 miles of flatwater paddling through the Catawba River in North Carolina into Lake Wylie and South Carolina.

Catawba River Blueway - Mountain Island Lake Section
Uses Paddling
Place Huntersville (NC)
Mount Holly (NC)
Difficulty Easy
Length6.1 miles, One Way

Mountain Island Lake is located south of Lake Norman and hosts 61 miles of shoreline. Three canoe/kayak launches create a 6.1-mile blueway stretch in this section.

Rocky River Blueway
Uses Paddling
Place Midland (NC)
Norwood (NC)
Oakboro (NC)
Wadesboro (NC)
Difficulty Moderate
Length49.5 miles, One Way

The Rocky River Blueway starts at Pharr Family Preserve in the Town of Midland and continues down for approximately 49 miles before meeting with the Pee Dee River for another 19 miles to the Bleweet Falls Lake Access in Lilesville, NC. This undammed blueway provides long distance flatwater kayaking and canoeing opportunities.

Catawba River Blueway - Lake Norman Section
Uses Paddling
Place Catawba (NC)
Catawba Springs (NC)
Cornelius (NC)
Davidson (NC)
Denver (NC)
Huntersville (NC)
Mooresville (NC)
Troutman (NC)
Difficulty Moderate
Length31.1 miles, One Way

31-mile stretch along the Catawba River starting at the north terminus of Lake Norman. This section brings you past Lake Norman State Park and Latta Plantation Preserve.

Catawba River Blueway - Lake Wylie Dam to Highway 9
Uses Paddling
Place Catawba (NC)
Fort Mill (SC)
Lancaster (SC)
Rock Hill (SC)
Difficulty Moderate
Length29.3 miles, One Way

The 30-mile stretch of flatwater on the Catawba River between Lake Wylie Hydro Dam and the upper end of Fishing Creek Lake remains wooded and natural rich in wildlife and history rooted in the Catawba Indian Nation.

Pee Dee River Blueway
Uses Paddling
Place Ansonville (NC)
Lilesville (NC)
Wadesboro (NC)
Difficulty Moderate
Length19.7 miles, One Way

The Thread Trail Blueway segment of the Pee Dee River follows the Anson County boundary. Also known as the Great Pee Dee, this river is 232 miles in its entirety, of which 19.7 miles is designated Thread Trail blueway. Northwest of the Pee Dee River is the Rocky River which is also accessible to paddlers.

South Fork River Blueway - Lincolnton
Uses Paddling
Place Lincoln County (NC)
Lincolnton (NC)
Difficulty Moderate
Length2.0 miles, One Way

The South Fork River Blueway - Lincolnton starts from the tributary of Clark Creek at the Ramsour Mill Trail then travels south to the Betty Ross Park.

South Fork River Blueway
Uses Paddling
Place Belmont (NC)
Cramerton (NC)
Lowell (NC)
McAdenville (NC)
Ranlo (NC)
Spencer Mountain (NC)
Difficulty Moderate
Length8.4 miles, One Way

This Blueway starts at Spencer Mountain and continues downriver to the Town of Cramerton. Along the way, visitors can enjoy paddling through over 1,300 acres of permanently protected land by the Catawba Lands Conservancy.

Trail Tips

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