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FYI.New Kayak Launch Opening!

  • McAden Launch

    119 Willow Drive, McAdenville, NC (map)

    35.259628 -81.077522

  • Join us for the grand opening of the new R.Y. McAden Canoe and Kayak Launch along the South Fork Catawba River in Gaston County.
    The Carolina Thread Trail is a 15-county network of trails, blueways and conservation corridors in North and South Carolina that will link more than 2.3 million citizens. Catawba Lands Conservancy is the lead agency for the Thread Trail, which is working in partnership with Foundation For The Carolinas. Currently, 223 miles of Thread Trail are open to the public.
    CAROLINATHREADTRAIL.ORG
    105 W. Morehead St. | Charlotte, NC | 28202 |[masked]
    Grand Opening of R.Y. McAden Launch
    Friday, July 11
    10 am - Ribbon cutting and remarks
    119 Willow Drive
    McAdenville, NC 28101
    Join us for the grand opening of the new R.Y. McAden Canoe and Kayak Launch along the South Fork Catawba River in Gaston County. Following the dedication ceremony, you're invited to bring a canoe or kayak and enjoy paddling on the river using this new access point.
    Funding for the launch was generously provided by the W. Duke Kimbrell Family Foundation, Pamela K. Warlick Fund, McAdenville Women's Club and Community Foundation of Gaston County. The land for the access area was made available by Pharr Yarns, LLC.
    About the South Fork River Blueway
    The new launch is one of five access points for paddle recreation on the South Fork Catawba River in Gaston County. The 8.4-mile South Fork River Blueway starts at Spencer Mountain and continues downriver to the Town of Cramerton. The river is home to a variety of wildlife, including great blue herons, osprey, bald eagles and deer. Paddlers along this stretch of the South Fork will experience some of the most ecologically diverse lands in the region. Learn more.
    The Carolina Thread Trail is a 15-county network of trails, blueways and conservation corridors in North and South Carolina that will link more than 2.3 million citizens. Catawba Lands Conservancy is the lead agency for the Thread Trail, which is working in partnership with Foundation For The Carolinas. Currently, 223 miles of Thread Trail are open to the public.
    CAROLINATHREADTRAIL.ORG

    105 W. Morehead St. | Charlotte, NC | 28202 |[masked] Trailhead
    The South Fork River Blueway has a number of boat launches located along its course. The northern most put-in is located in Spencer Mountain and is maintained by Catawba Lands Conservancy. This access is by permit only. A permit can be requested by contacting the Catawba Lands Conservancy (See information below).
    Launch 1: Spencer Mountain
    Address - 200 Stanley-Spencer Mountain Road, Spencer Mountain, NC 28164 MAP
    Launch 2: South Fork River Park (Gaston County Parks and Recreation)
    Address - 4185 Mountain View Street, Gastonia, NC 28056 MAP
    Launch 3: R. Y. McAden Take-out in McAdenville (Catawba Lands Conservancy)
    Address - 119 Willow Drive, McAdenville, NC 28101 MAP
    Launch 4: Goat Island Park (Town of Cramerton)
    Address - 305 Greenwood Place, Cramerton, NC 28012 MAP
    Launch 5: Riverside Park (Town of Cramerton)
    Address - Riverside Drive, Cramerton, NC 28032 MAP
    Description
    The South Fork Catawba River is west of the Catawba River and merges with the Catawba at Lake Wylie near the South Carolina boarder. The river offers miles of natural landscapes, with great fishing and paddling opportunities. Catawba Lands Conservancy opened a canoe and kayak access point on the South Fork Catawba River in May 2009 called the Spencer Mountain River Access. The trip down to the R.Y. McAden River Access take out point is approximately 2 hours, 5.5 miles.
    River stream features vary from slow moving water with a few Class I/II rapids where rock ledges have been carved from the river bottom to concentrated rapids at approximate mile 3.5. There is a dam approximately 5.5 miles down the river - users must exit the river on the right (river right) before the dam at the R.Y. McAden River Access. Those continuing downstream can use the Adam Springs Portage on the left. Downstream from the dam, paddlers will encounter the headwaters of Lake Wylie which is slower moving water and a number of rich wetlands along the stream banks.
    The South Fork Catawba River is home to a variety of wildlife, including great blue herons, osprey, bald eagles, and deer. Users who access the river from the Spencer Mountain River Access will paddle through some of the most ecologically diverse lands in our region, many of which are permanently protected by the Conservancy.
    Other Information
    DANGER - DAM INFORMATION

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