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Flatwater Kayaking + SUP

Discover the waterways and natural wildlife by flatwater kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

Flatwater kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding takes place on the Catawba River and Long Creek. Discover local wildlife and paddle around islands to create your own adventure.

Green CircleNovice
Blue SquareIntermediate
Black DiamondExpert
Difficulty i Green CircleNovice Blue SquareIntermediate Black DiamondExpert

Flatwater Kayaking (Tandem/Solo)

Age: 4 years old (Tandem)/
8 years old (Solo)

Flatwater Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Age: 8 years old

Pass Options

  • All Access Pass (Day Pass, Two-day Pass, Annual Pass)
  • Single Activity Pass

What to Wear

Provided Gear

A PFD (Personal Flotation Device) is provided and required at all times.

Where To Check In

Flatwater Trip Talk

Facility, Flatwater dock, USNWC, flatwater, kayak, spring, structure


What is the difference between whitewater and flatwater kayaking?

Whitewater kayaking is performed in rapids of varying difficulty using specific kayaks. Flatwater kayaking is done on calm bodies of water using recreational style kayaks. Flatwater requires little or no experience while whitewater kayaking requires instruction, prior experience and specific equipment.

Flatwater kayaking is included in the Annual Pass, Day Pass, and Single Activity Pass and takes place on the Catawba River. Whitewater kayakers may access the whitewater channels with the purchase of a Day Pass or a Single Activity Pass.

What if I have never kayaked before?

Flatwater kayaking is a perfect activity for both novices and experienced paddlers alike. Self-guided trips or group clinics are available to suit your needs.

Can I bring my own boat?

Flatwater kayaks are included with the price of a Day Pass or Single Activity Pass, but guests with their own boats are welcome to portage them to the Flatwater Dock.