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WATERWAYS of York County


Catawba River The Catawba River is a 220-mile long tributary of the Wateree River. Originating in the Appalachian Mountains, the Catawba drains into the Piedmont and is impounded through a series of reservoirs for flood control and hydroelectricity. As the river flows south through the Lake Wylie reservoir, it forms an approximately 10 mile border between North and South Carolina. The river is named after the Catawba tribe of Native Americans. They were known in their own language as the Kawahcatawbas, “the people of the river.”

Today, the waterway is a natural resource for both recreational and sporting uses and provides a scenic backdrop for fishing, hiking, paddling and camping.

LAKE WYLIE is the second oldest of the of eleven lakes on the Catawba River Chain. The lake has a surface area of approximately 13,443 acres with 325 miles of shoreline, and stretches from the Mountain Island Dam in North Carolina to the Wylie Dam on the southern end of the lake. The average depth of the lake is just over 20 feet.





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The Catawba River provides 220 miles of water-based fun!





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Access Areas From canoe or kayak only access, to full-service marinas, York County has a variety of ways to launch your next adventure on the water!


 RIVER PARK 1782 Quality Circle, Rock Hill (803) 329-5620 Hours Daily 8am–6pm (Oct– Feb), 8am–8pm (Mar–Sep)

An environmentally sensitive 70-acre park along the Catawba River provides a picnic area, kayak and canoe launch, and several miles of handicap accessible wooded trails.

 FORT MILL Hours Daylight Admission Free Gray Rock Road, below the Lake Wylie Dam. No public restrooms. *Shallow water may limit launching


 ALLISON CREEK Allison Creek Road, Lake Wylie Hours 24/7 Admission Free Public access. No public restrooms.

 BUSTER BOYD Admission Free Located in the middle of the town of Lake Wylie, this access is within walking distance to several stores, marinas and restaurants.

 EBENEZER PARK 4490 Boatshore Road, Rock Hill, SC / (803) 366-6620 Hours Daylight to dark year round. After hours access card is available to boat owners for a small fee. A fishing license is required, possibly SC and NC depending on where you plan to fish. Boating access, fishing, picknicking, camping and shelter rentals for family/group outings. *Admission fees beginning Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Fees and rentals can be found at

 NIVENS CREEK Dam Road, Fort Mill, SC Hours 24/7 Admission Free No public restrooms

 Rock Hill Outdoor Center Herrons Ferry Road, Rock Hill, SC (803) 329-5620 The Rock Hill Outdoor Center is a dynamic collection of recreation facilities along the Catawba River, including a kayak and canoe launch next to the Piedmont Medical Center Trail. These facilities, along with cycling amenities, green space and wooded areas, add up to approximately 250 acres of public recreation space.

 LAKE CLUB MARINA 4500 Harbor Inn Road, Rock Hill, SC / (803) 324-2232 Marina store, 118 in-water boat slips (water, lights and electrical for slips standard), gasoline dock, wave runner slips with lifts.

 LAKE WYLIE MARINA 310 Blucher Circle, Lake Wylie, SC / (803) 831-2101 Hours 9am-5pm (Mon-Sat), 12pm-5pm (Sun) In-water marina with cover slips, indoor dry stack boat storage facility.

 TEGA CAY MARINA 1 Marina Drive, Tega Cay, SC / (888) 820-9329 Store with snacks, boating supplies, skiing accessories, restrooms, full-time on-site management, gasoline dock, free pump-out station, pontoon rentals and fishing licenses. Full-service marine repair.

Rentals & Tours Enjoying the waterways of York County is always an exciting option for solo or group adventures. For those who don't have the gear, our area outfitters are on hand to lend you the equipment and expertise to make your next trip safe and satisfying — call today for your reservations.


 Catawba River Expeditions (803) 327-9335

Offering self-guided trips with shuttle service along the Catawba River Canoe and Kayak Trail in York/Chester/Lancaster counties. Kayak and canoe rentals are also available for those that wish to arrange their own itinerary. Reservations are required.

 Camp Canaan

3111 Sand Island Road, Rock Hill, SC / (803) 327-6932

Providing guided kayak tours on the Catawba River for groups of 10 or more, all equipment and shuttle service back to Canaan included. Canaan is a private camp, hours are restricted and reservations are required. Visit for more information.

ď‚Ž Lake Haigler

Anne Springs Close Greenway 250 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, SC / (803) 548-7252

Beautiful Lake Haigler is nestled within the Anne Springs Close Greenway and spans 28 acres and is surrounded by pines and hardwoods. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent (during winter months they must be reserved). Paddles and life jackets are provided.


Rock Hill PRT offers guided kayak trips and classes on the Catawba River and Lake Wylie. Advanced registration required. Visit for more information or call the number above to plan your next adventure on the waterways of York County!

Newby? Book a guided tour and learn from the experts.

Fishing The waters of both the Catawba River and Lake Wylie are filled with bass, brim, catfish and crappie making it an ideal location for local and national fishing tournaments. Buster Boyd Access Area and Ebenezer Park are both common sites for fishing tournaments. Neither site can be reserved to exclude the general public. Event Organizers must receive approval from York County to use Ebenezer Park. Managed by Duke Energy, Buster Boyd Access Area requires a special permit granted by Duke Energy and the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) for approved used of the venue. Ebenezer Park is managed and operated by York County and requires a special permit granted by the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) for approved use of the venue.


 Nichols Store

1980 Mount Holly Road, Rock Hill, SC (803) 327-0500 Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Closed Sun

 Sportsman, Inc

247 Hands Mill Highway, Rock Hill, SC (803) 366-3466 Mon-Fri 8am-7:30pm, Sat 8am-6pm

 Catawba Tackle & Marine Co., Inc. 2317 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, SC (803) 366-7998 Mon-Fri 8am-9:30pm, Sat 8am-1pm

 Pendleton’s Sporting Goods 5 Points, Bethel, SC (803) 631-5410 Mon-Sun 7am-10pm

FISHING License & BOAT REGISTRATION Information There are no reciproc al agreements betw een North and South Ca rolina so individuals are advised to obtain the appropriate licenses and registrations. Conta ct the SC Departmen t of Natural Resources at and the No rth Carolina Wildlife Re source Commission at

Fish the same waters that the pros compete on...

Campgrounds From rustic campgrounds to fully air-conditioned cabins, York County’s lodging options are as diverse as our waterways. See or call us at the York County CVB at (888) 702-1320 for more information.



940 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill, SC / (803) 548-1148 Hours Open year round

Full-service campground features 215 sites, a pool, 2 bath houses, recreation director, mini-golf, laundromat, LP gas, store, heated pavilion, playground and game room for kids.


14523 Carowinds Blvd, Fort Mill, SC / (803) 548-5300 The 25-acre campground features nearly 200 sites and 15 rental cabins with AC, kitchens and bathrooms. Pull-through sites with full hookups, 50 amp for RV’s. Spacious tent sites, bathroom facility with showers, laundry, general store and swimming pool. Discounts on tickets to Carowinds and shuttle service to the amusement park are included as well.


FACILITIES 4490 Boatshore Rd, Rock Hill, SC / (803) 366-6620 Hours Daylight to dark year round

Make a reservation to camp on one of the parks 69 campsites that include water, sewer & electric. There is also Wi-Fi available at no additional charge. Many of our sites offer 50 amp hook-up. *Camping fees and rentals can be found online at

 KINGS MOUNTAIN NATIONAL MILITARY PARK 2625 Park Road, Blacksburg, SC / (864) 936-7921 Hours Open year round

Enjoy primitive backcountry camping at one of the Military Park’s 116 sites. Kings Mountain State Park, adjacent to the military park, offers camping, picnicking, hiking and horse trails, swimming, boat rental and a living-history farm with 19th century buildings. Several sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet, 15 equestrian campsites and two handicap accessible sites.

SAFETY ON THE WATER For information on waterway laws and restrictions please contact the following organizations: SC Department of Natural Resources (803) 734-4002 Main office (843) 661-4766 Regional office York County Sheriff’s Office (803) 628-3059

Call (888) 702-1320 for area information or visit a SC Welcome Center for traveler assistance. Funded by York County Hospitality Tax

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