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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.

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.

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.

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.

Riverside Marina

Many amenities for your outdoor sporting eventalong the Catawba River.

Whitewater Center

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

Blue Heron Adventures

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • The Catawba Riversweep After Party!
    Sat, Oct 01
    The Boathouse
    Oct 01, 12:30 PM
    The Boathouse, 115 Willow Dr, Gastonia, NC 28056, USA
  • Paddle, Bike, Run Series powered by OrthoCarolina
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Oct 06
    The Boathouse
    Oct 06, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    The Boathouse, 115 Willow Dr, McAdenville, NC 28101, USA
  • Jam at the Dam
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Oct 14
    The Boathouse
    Oct 14, 4:30 PM – Oct 15, 7:00 PM
    The Boathouse, 115 Willow Dr, Gastonia, NC 28056, USA

MUST SEE

Be sure to check out these must see attractions in Gaston County.

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DANIEL STOWE

BOTANICAL GARDEN

Tyranasaurus Rex Schiele Museum Gastonia

SCHIELE MUSEUM

OF NATURAL HISTORY

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CROWDERS MOUNTAIN

STATE PARK

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US NATIONAL

WHITEWATER CENTER

VISITORS GUIDE

Get your FREE Gaston County Visitors Guide and start planning your vacation today!A printed version of our FREE visitor guide can be sent by mail. Simply fill out and submit the form below.
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