Paddle the Catawba River From Bridgewater Dam to Judges Restaurant in Morganton. We've always had a lot of fun and great scenery on this paddle. A couple of members from another group were with us and showed us their rolling techniques. Maybe they'll do it again. (hint-hint Phillip and Dan)
We launch about an 2 hours after they open the flood gates so there's enough water to paddle and we don't get in front of the flow. While it's moving water, it's very timid, only a class 1. There is a couple places along the way and at the beginning where one can practice eddying, ferrying, or surfing.
There is a short portage around a low head dam. Bring drinks and snacks or lunch. We will stop along the way for a break and swim. Bring a camera.
Meet at dam launch park to shuttle. Shuttles to leave from Judges at 1030. So meet at Powerhouse Park and drop off your boat before hand to give yourself enough time to get to Judges. Drivers only will take vehicles to Judges. From Judges all drivers will shuttle back to Powerhouse. Those with high capacity vehicles, if you can, please be shuttlers.
After the paddle, those interested, stay and have lunch / dinner at Judges.