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GET ON THE WATER

Every day is a good day to be on the water if you are in Gaston County as the scenic views, public access areas and boat rental options abound.

Flatwater

Paddling the calm waters is super easy and a fun way to pass the time. Grab a boat and head to either the Catawba or South Fork River using a sit-on-top kayak with single or tandem options or maybe even a canoe. Check out the 11 Mills Blueway Trail  for detailed information on where to launch, dock and make stops along the way.

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Whitewater

Whitewater rafting and kayaking high-energy rapids are also available for those who like to challenge themselves on class II-IV whitewater. At the Whitewater Center a professional guide will show you the way to lead your raft down the world’s largest man-made, recirculating whitewater river.

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Boating

Maybe paddling just isn't your idea of a good time. That's ok! The Catawba River, which leads to Lake Wylie, allows our visitors a chance to enjoy open water. Grab some friends and rent a jet ski or a pontoon boat at one of our marinas and make your own private party on the water.

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PADDLE RESOURCES

Use these resources to help plan your adventure on the water.

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FEATURED

Check out these ways to get on the water in Gaston County.

Anchored Soul

Anchored Soul is a Stand Up Paddle Boarding Company in Belmont, NC, offerin Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Paddle Boarding Private Lessons, SUP Lessons, and SUP Rentals.

Blue Heron Adventures

Paddling opportunities include lessons, rentals and guided tours from multiple locations including; Catawba River, South Fork River and Lake Wylie.

Morningstar Marinas

Morningstar Marinas is a top-tier marina on Lake Wylie featuring concierge service, wet & dry storage, an onsite restaurant, and so much more.

Riverside Marina Paddle and Row

A beautiful waterfront facility on the Catawba River offering paddling opportunities and special events

Whitewater Center

Dedicated to promoting the active, outdoor lifestyle including concerts, races and other events.

Aquatic Adventures

From the moment you arrive, we are committed to making sure you have a day on the water you’ll never forget. We have every detail covered. Your aquatic experience will be enjoyable, safe - and fun! We have every amenity covered: from snacks, maps and hospitality. Come check us out!

Catawba Kayak Co.

A kayak & tube rental company that will meet you at one of their pre mapped-out drop-off points for a kayaking trip on the scenic & historic Catawba River, South Fork River, or Lake Wylie.

Papa Steves Mobile Board Shop

Stand-up paddle board rentals, weekends during the summer at the Mount Holly Boat Landing near Dutchman’s Creek starting at $30 for two hours.

Suns Up Scuba

Sun's Up Scuba provides day rentals* of kayaks and paddle boards. These rentals include complimentary transportation to/from the R. Y. McAden South Fork River Access.

Belmont Rowing Center

Check out the Belmont Rowing Center for a fun workout on the water. The Center provides affordable and accessible recreational and competitive rowing programs for youth and adults.

Catawba Paddle Co

This mobile paddle company hosts paddling events on the water in and around Gaston County.

Rankin Lake Park

The 80-acre lake, complete with fishing pier and boat dock. Canoes, kayaks, johnboats and pedal boats are available to rent.

Tailrace Marina

Tailrace Marina is located on the Catawba River in Mount Holly with restaurant onsite.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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