Splash on the South Fork - Private Outing

  • September 14, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • The Boathouse

    115 Willow Drive
    McAdenville, North Carolina 28101
Ticket Price $10.00-$15.00 This event is now over

Have a splash on the South Fork River in McAdenville, NC with Catawba Riverkeeper! This guided kayak trip is a great way to experience the largest tributary of the Catawba River along a gentle flowing section of water between protected forested land with a beautiful turnaround point at the rocky shoals where you have the option to play through the small ripples or enjoy the scenery and water sounds from afar. 

This trip meets at the Riverkeeper's Boathouse in McAdenville and launches onto the water just feet away. We will have an easy paddle upstream for a mile to the rocky shoals and then float back down to the launch. Riverkeeper staff will host and introduction to kayaking clinic on land and in the water while we paddle for an hour between the historic R.Y. McAden Dam and the rocky shoals upstream.  

All participant's will receive a sit-on-top kayak, paddle and life vest. Registration is required. All registered participants will receive an outing details email one day before the event. 



  • Meet at Catawba Riverkeeper's Boathouse – 115 Willow Drive, McAdenville, NC
  • Parking is available within the lot in front of The Boathouse.
  • The kayak launch is near The Boathouse along the river.


What is Provided:

  • Kayak equipment and dry bags
  • Riverkeeper staff to host skill clinic and guided tour
  • Bathrooms and water to refill water bottles inside The Boathouse


What to Bring/Wear:

  • Appropriate clothing layers to be on the water. You will get wet.
  • Shoes with a heal strap. NO FLIP FLOPS.
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses or hat
  • Change of clothes and towel (optional)
  • Snacks



Must be 18 years of age to purchase tickets. 

Must be 4 years of age to ride in a tandem kayak with an adult.

Must be 8 years of age to ride in a single kayak with an adult in another kayak. 

Advanced registration is required.  


Weather Policy: 

Our policy is to host this program 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, 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 via email and phone call.


Refund Policy: 

You may cancel your ticket up to 24 hours before your scheduled date. If we must cancel due to weather or water level, your ticket will be fully refunded once notice is sent. You will see the refund 3-10 business days after the refund is submitted.


Date & Time

Thu, Sep 14, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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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