Flat Water Paddling in Charlotte, NC

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  1. The Catawba River section just below the Lake Wylie Dam flows mostly flat and smooth. Several put-ins along this stretch allow for multiple mileage paddles.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    17.4 miles
    Duration
    Total time depends on the length of paddle. There's enough to see just off the put in at Riverwalk.
  2. The wide, gentle flow of the Catawba River near the USNWC makes for a great day of kayaking or SUPing. Share the water with osprey, turtles, and heron during the day or experience a full moon paddle on the river

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    11.7 miles
    Duration
    From the Belmont put in to the USNWC and back should take around two hours paddle time but there's plenty of other areas to explore further on.
  3. Meta: Paddle through an incredibly biodiverse floodplain. Stands of huge, bottom growth hardwoods tower over nutrient rich waters filled an amazing array of flour and fauna.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    95.2 miles
    Duration
  4. Famous for harboring large stands of spider lilies in the spring, Landsford Canal is a beautiful paddle through historic sits and rocky shoals.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    28.9 miles
    Duration
    Paddling from one end of the park to the next should take around three hours, but exploring north of the park can take as long as you like.
  5. Kayak or SUP through quiet coves along the shoreline of Mountain Island Lake. The least developed of the big three Catawba River fed lakes in the area is home to fewer boats and lots of wildlife.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    12.6 miles
    Duration
  6. Copperhead Island, part of McDowell Nature Preserve, is an easy paddling access to Charlotte’s southernmost lake. SUP in and around the wooded inlets of the nature preserve or cross the lake to T-bones for lunch.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    12.9 miles
    Duration
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