South Fork Rapids Tour

  • Jun 5, 2021 - Sep 18, 2022
  • The Boathouse

    115 Willow Drive
    McAdenville, North Carolina 28101
Ticket Price $50.00 This event is now over

If you are ready to experience an authentic guided river trip, this experience is for you. Guests will meet at The Boathouse to check in at the date and time you selected. You’ll be shuttled 15 minutes to Spencer Mountain access where we'll launch kayaks with 2 experienced guides who will help you navigate this beautiful stretch of the South Fork of the Catawba.


This kayaking experience is great for those who are comfortable in the water but might not be experts. This stretch is accessible to many skills levels, and includes low class I rapids in several sections with easy moving, gentle water in between. Each trip will last approximately 3 hours and will conclude back at your car at The Boathouse.


The fee includes a single sit-on-top kayak, paddle, PFD (Personal Floatation Device), safety instruction, and a guided trip as well as a shuttle to the Spencer Mountain kayak launch. Guests should dress comfortably in clothes that can get wet. Shoes with a heel strap, a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, a dry bag, and snacks are encouraged or available for purchase at The Boathouse.

When: Saturdays and Sundays at 9am-12pm or 2-5pm.


  • There must be a minimum of 4 guests in a tour to be hosted. We will contact you no later than 12 noon on Friday for the Saturday or Sunday trip. 
  • Must be 12 years of age to participate with an adult.
  • Must be 18 years of age to purchase tickets.
  • Deadline to Purchase Tickets - You must purchase tickets by 10pm each Thursday for the Saturday or Sunday trip. If your desired date is closed, please contact Blue Heron Adventures at or call 980-251-7898 to check availability. 


Weather Policy:

Our policy is to host this your rain or shine EXCEPT in the case of severe rain, thunderstorms or lightning in the area as well as dangerous water level. If we have to cancel an event due to weather, we will provide a refund to all ticketed guests. We will do our best to notify guests of cancellations at least 2 hours in advance.


Refund Policy:

You may cancel your ticket up to 24 hours before your scheduled date for a full refund. If we must cancel due to weather or water level, your ticket will be fully refunded that day and you will see the refund 3-5 business days after the refund is submitted. 


Date & Time

Jun 5, 2021 - Sep 18, 2022

Venue Details

The Boathouse

115 Willow Drive
McAdenville, North Carolina 28101 The Boathouse
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

We educate and advocate to protect the Catawba-Wateree River Basin’s lakes, rivers and streams for everyone who depends on and enjoys them.

Thank you for your interest and support of the Catawba Riverkeeper, a 501c3 organization. 

The Catawba-Wateree River Basin encompasses 26 counties, 8900 miles of waterways, 5000 square miles of land and a 225 mile stretch of continuous river from Lake James in NC to Lake Marion in SC.

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