Rent kayaks, stand up paddleboards, or canoes at The Boathouse!

Guests can rent a boat and enjoy a self-guided paddling experience along the South Fork of the Catawba River just steps from our front door. With some slight upstream current, this option is great for those that have paddled before or have enjoyed our other various Kayak Rental options.

After a brief safety talk and introduction to the area, you’re free to explore the shoals, wildlife, and shoreline of a half mile area up and downstream from the launch.

Kayaks – $20 (single and tandem kayaks available)
Stand Up Paddleboards – $20
Canoes – $30

Rental fee includes boat, paddle, PFD, and safety instruction. Guests should dress comfortably in clothes that can, and will, get wet. Shoes with a heel strap are encouraged.

All rentals are walk-up only Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM – 6 PM. No reservations necessary.

Photo by Cheryl Hoke Photography

Half Day Guided Tours

2021 Season Closed

Location: Spencer Mountain to The Boathouse (meet at The Boathouse, shuttle provided)

If you are ready to experience an authentic river with experienced guides, the half day paddling experience is for you. Guests will meet at The Boathouse at the South Fork Trailhead and after a safety talk you’ll be shuttled 15 minutes to Spencer Mountain where you’ll put in with 2 experienced guides who will help you navigate this beautiful stretch of the South Fork of the Catawba.

This kayaking experience is great for those who are comfortable in the water but might not be experts. It is accessible to many skills levels, but includes low Class I and Class II rapids in several sections with easy moving, gentle water in between. Each trip will last approximately 3 hours and will conclude back at your car at the South Fork Trailhead.

$50 rental fee includes kayak, paddle, Personal Floatation Device, safety instruction, and a guided trip as well as a shuttle to Spencer Mountain at the put in. Guests should dress comfortably in clothes that can get wet. Shoes with a heel strap, a water bottle, sunscreen, and snacks are encouraged as well and available for sale at the boathouse.

Weight limit on kayaks: 250 lbs.


Photo by Wes Maxwell