Catawba River Blueway - Lake Wylie Section

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Trailhead

The Lake Wylie section of the Catawba River has a number of boat launches located along this corridor. The north most put-in is located at the River Street Park in Mount Holly, NC.

Launch 1: River Street Park

Address - 330 North River Street, Mount Holly, NC 28120 MAP

 

Launch 2: South Point Access Area (Approximately 10.5 miles from River Street Park)

Address - 199 Boat Launch Road, Belmont, NC 28012 MAP

 

Launch 3: Copperhead Island Access Area (Approximately 5.5 miles from South Point, 0.5 East of Buster Boyd)

Address - 15200 Soldier Road, Charlotte, NC 28278 MAP

 

Launch 4: Buster Boyd Access Area (Approximately 5.5 miles from South Point, 0.5 miles West of Copperhead Island)

Address - 3900 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie, SC 29710 MAP

 

Launch 5: Allison Creek Access Area (Approximately 9 miles Southwest of Buster Boyd/Copperhead Island, 3 miles West of Ebenezer, 6.5 miles West of Nivens Creek)

Address - Viesta Road, York, SC 29745 MAP

 

Launch 6: Ebenezer Access Area (Approximately 6.5 miles South of Buster Boyd/Copperhead Island, 3 miles East of Allison Creek, 3.5 miles West of Nivens Creek)

Address - 4490 Boatshore Road, York SC MAP

 

Launch 7: Nivens Creek Access Area (Approximately 9 miles Southeast of Buster Boyd/Copperhead Island, 3.5 miles East of Ebenezer, 6.5 miles East of Allison Creek)

Address - 1945 Lands End, Tega Cay, SC 29708 MAP

Description

The upper section of Lake Wylie (above I-85) is a popular place for flatwater paddling. There are a number of access points which are described above, but also include the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte and Tailrace Marina in Mount Holly, NC. If you wish to paddle the other sections of the Catawba River Blueway (see "View Connector Trails") you will need car because there are no portage trails.

"Lake Wylie was named after Dr. W. Gil Wylie, who organized the Catawba Power Company, a predecessor of Duke Energy. It is the oldest lake on the Catawba River. The lake was first created in 1904 by a dam near Fort Mill, South Carolina.

The dam was rebuilt in 1924 and the lake's surface expanded to approximately 13,443 acres and 325 miles of shoreline. In addition to supporting Wylie Hydroelectric Station, Lake Wylie also supports Allen Steam Station and Catawba Nuclear Station with cooling water and provides a dependable water supply for Belmont and Rock Hill. Full pond elevation at Lake Wylie is approximately 569.4 feet.

Duke Energy provides six boat access areas (with one leased to Mecklenburg County and one to York County), one bank fishing area and one boat access area below the dam in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Since portions of this lake lie in both North and South Carolina, fishermen are advised to obtain proper licenses." - Duke Energy - Lake Wylie

Other Information

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT EVEN THE EASIEST SECTIONS OF THE RIVER CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS DURING PERIODS OF HIGH WATER FLOW. 

It is strongly recommended that you check the release schedule for the dam above the section that you are paddling before starting the trip because water levels can increase quickly on the Catawba. Information about scheduled releases and the impact on downstream flow on the Lake Wylie section of the Catawba River is available on the Duke Energy website or by calling 800-829-5253.  

Trail Manager

Duke Energy manages the following boat launches:

  • Southpoint Access Area
  • Buster Boyd Access Area
  • Allison Creek Access Area
  • Nivens Creek Access Area

The City of Mount Holly manages River Street Park.

Copperhead Island manages Copperhead Island Access Area.

Ebenezer Park - York County manages Ebenezer Access Area.

City of Mount Holly
Parks & Recreation
Director, Parks & Recreation
400 E. Central Avenue
Mount Holly, NC 28120
Phone: 704-951-3005

Copper Head Island at McDowell Nature Preserve
Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation
15200 Soldier Road
Charlotte, NC 28278
Phone: 704-583-1284

Duke Energy
Recreation
Phone: 1-800-443-5193

Edbenezer Park
York County Parks and Recreation
4490 Boatshore Road
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Phone: (803)-366-6620

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

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Paddling
Location 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
Surface
Fees No
PetsUnknown
Motorized vehiclesNot Permitted
ADA CompliantNo
Number of parking spacesvaries
RestroomsUnknown
Hours of operationDawn - Dusk

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