Where to paddle: Charlotte

Paddling the Catawba below Lake Wylie Dam.

Looking for a quick after work paddle? Try the Catawba River at the National Whitewater Center. Looking for something a little ... exotic, but close? Falls Reservoir in the Uwharries won't disappoint. There's easy lake paddling at Cane Creek Park and at Mountain Island Lake, and 31 miles of river paddling below the Lake Wylie Dam.

Don’t have a boat? No problem. Find out where to rent one here.

Cane Creek Park
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Waxhaw, 50 minutes from downtown Charlotte
Time to complete: 1-2 hours
More info here.

Catawba River: National Whitewater Center
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Charlotte, 20 minutes from downtown Charlotte
Time to complete: 2-3 hours
More info here:

Falls Reservoir
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Badin, 1 hour, 10 minutes
Time to complete: 2-3 hours
More info here.

Lake Wylie Dam
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Rock Hill, 30 minutes from downtown Charlotte
Time to complete: 2-3 hours
More info here.

Mountain Island Lake: Latta Plantation
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Huntersville, 20 minutes from downtown Charlotte
Time to complete: 1-2 hours
More info here.

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