Our Story

The Boathouse is the operational headquarters of Blue Heron Adventures, Catawba Riverkeeper’s recreation arm. 

It serves as a place for Catawba Riverkeeper to engage visitors and residents alike with their most precious natural resource and educate them on ways they can help protect it.

At The Boathouse, you can rent a kayak/canoe/SUP, meet for a guided tour through the South Fork rapids, shop sustainable apparel, and enjoy snacks, local craft beer, and soft drinks. The Boathouse is also home to Jam at the Dam, Catawba Riverkeeper’s live music event series.

About Catawba Riverkeeper  

About Blue Heron Adventures  


kayak rentals & guided tours

Explore the South Fork River! Gear and shuttle service provided.

eat & dRINK

Have a local beer, soft drinks, or snack as you come off the trail or off the water. Food trucks on site for special events.


Browse The Boathouse for outdoor apparel and accessories.

about catawba riverkeeper


Who We Are

Catawba Riverkeeper is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the waters of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin for generations to come.

We serve more than 3 million residents of 26 counties in North and South Carolina through Education, Engagement, and Protection.

Proceeds from The Boathouse directly support our mission to preserve, protect, and restore local waterways.

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Blue Heron Adventures encompasses all of Catawba Riverkeeper’s recreation programs. We offer multiple paddling experiences plus hikes that take you around the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. 

Proceeds from kayak rentals, guided tours, and lessons support Catawba Riverkeeper’s mission to protect our local waterways

When you book an adventure with us, you’re supporting the region’s only dedicated nonprofit watchdog for our lakes, rivers, and streams and the people who depend on them.

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