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Catawba Riverkeeper opens The Boathouse’- Spring kickoff April 3rd

Updated: Aug 14

MCADENVILLE, NC- Catawba Riverkeeper invites the community to ‘The Boathouse Kickoff' on April 3, 2022, celebrate the season opening and to support the vision of clean, accessible water for all.

The kickoff event will take place at The Boathouse, 115 Willow Drive, McAdenville, NC, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The Boathouse serves as a place for Catawba Riverkeeper to engage local residents in the mission to protect clean water through kayak rentals, educational programs, and special events.

Inside the multi-service venue, guests will find outdoor gear and apparel plus a selection of local craft beer, seltzer, and soft drinks. Just outside the door, guests are encouraged to explore the 2-mile South Fork River Trail or paddle along the South Fork from the R.Y. McAden Canoe and Kayak Launch.

On Sunday, Catawba Riverkeeper’s kayak rental service will start at The Boathouse. Rent a kayak, canoe, or standup-paddleboard for a 90-minute flatwater paddle experience on the South Fork River. Boathouse rentals are offered from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until September.

Local Gaston County food truck, Wills Doggin’ It, will be on site from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. The Boathouse is a family and dog friendly venue and welcomes visitors of all ages.

John Searby, Executive Director shares his excitement for the new season by saying, “We are so excited for the re-opening of The Boathouse! In 2021 we were able to connect people with our mission to preserve, protect, and restore our waters through fun and engagement with the water and we can’t wait to expand on that in 2022. I can’t wait for everyone to experience the upgrades we’ve made and once again enjoy relaxing after a great day on the water or on the trail. We hope to see everyone for a weekend outing or a Jam at the Dam soon.”

You can learn more about the season opening and upcoming events at The Boathouse by visiting

About The Boathouse

The Boathouse, founded in 2021, is the center for authentic outdoor experiences on the banks of the South Fork River, the largest tributary of the Catawba River. It serves as a place for Catawba Riverkeeper to engage visitors and residents alike with their most precious natural resource and educate them on ways they can help protect it. Proceeds from food and beverage, kayak rentals, and retail sales support the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.

About Catawba Riverkeeper

Catawba Riverkeeper is the only non-profit on the water advocate for the entire 8,900 miles of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. With a vision for clean and plentiful water for all, Catawba Riverkeeper works to protect and provide accurate, science-based information about your water and the issues affecting it.


The Catawba Riverkeeper

115 Willow Drive, McAdenville, NC

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