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Catawba River Outdoors

Marion, NC, USA
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About Catawba River Outdoors
Located on the upper Catawba River just above Lake James, We offer kayak & tube rentals as well as a river shuttle service to various locations. Rates include paddle and life jacket. Bath house available with showers. If you plan on coming Monday thru Thursday please call ahead for availability. Friday thru Sunday the shuttle runs from 10am till 3pm no reservation required unless you have a group of 10 or more. Although the trip only takes a couple of hours you can stay on the water as long as you like but must be back to the take out point no later than 7pm
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MiloMiami wrote a review Aug 2020
Miami, Florida120 contributions84 helpful votes
What a great way to travel. This company makes it so convenient!!! Park in lot. Pay $20 and you go on a bus to their spot up the river and get your tube and oar!! Yes you need an oar to help you in many situations. Old and young will enjoy. If you can wear water sandals that stay on your feet. Then float back to your car. Loved it!!! We even ate picnic lunch at a picnic table in the shade they had by the registration desk. Even if it drizzles for a moment no worries it’s just a great trip!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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leslieb91 wrote a review Aug 2020
Irmo, South Carolina70 contributions20 helpful votes
We caught the last shuttle of the day at 3:00pm. This was a refreshing calm float down the river. The trip time was right at 2 hours but could have been longer if we had stopped and explored more. The price was higher than other tubing we have done but we felt we got our monies worth.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Susan D wrote a review Jul 2019
Raleigh, North Carolina15 contributions3 helpful votes
Had a great time with two teens. Staff was very friendly and helpful. They were selling waterproof phone carriers for $10 and they worked great! We took the extended trip and parked in a different place, but the bus picked us up on their way. The only downside of the extended trip is there is no where to change when you get out of the river. It was fine for us, we changed in the car. The tubes were very comfortable.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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mmmmmmmmarkkkkkk wrote a review Jun 2019
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina1 contribution
Great food!! Tubing is excellent. Pet friendly. Love the Bigfoot burger. A must try. Friendly staff.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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PiscoMatt wrote a review Aug 2018
Damascus, Maryland193 contributions185 helpful votes
While on vacation in Asheville we (family of 4, two kids 13 and 11), we did the river tubing and had a great time. We arrived at around 10am on a Sunday in late August. It was just us and one other person. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They hold on to your car key while you are on the river. After a quick bus ride to the start, you get your tube (which has a back to it - more comfortable). Also each get a paddle which are needed, not only for guiding your tube but also to splash your kids :) Would advise all to wear water shoes. If you wear flip flops or crocs you might lose them in the river. Also we all wore life jackets (required for the kids). Adults probably didn't need them, but better safe then sorry. River is not deep, but does have some faster rapids in areas. The rapids were the best part. Kids were a little nervous, but we attached two tubes together (one kid with each parent) and it worked out well. At first we were going to bring a cooler with food and drinks, but it is not necessary and also the extra float would have been more of a burden. We got back by 12:30 and just ate lunch once we got back. Overall, it was a great experience, relaxing and good family fun. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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