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Catawba River Outdoors

Marion, NC, USA
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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Reviewed July 12, 2019

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....More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Susan D
Reviewed June 6, 2019 via mobile

Great food!! Tubing is excellent. Pet friendly. Love the Bigfoot burger. A must try. Friendly staff.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank mmmmmmmmarkkkkkk
Reviewed August 19, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank PiscoMatt
Reviewed July 21, 2018

Awesome place, awesome people, super friendly and helpful. Gear was all in good shape and clean. So glad to see them doing well and providing some family friendly fun for McDowell County. We had 3 of our teens and our 9 year old, all did...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank michaelleanner
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

My family of four which included two boys age 6 and 4 went tubing over the weekend. We had a day of really nothing planned while camping in Marion. My wife looked up things to do and we decided to go tubing. It was either...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank CaribbeanSidewinder
Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

No guide is necessary. River is full of just enough rocks to make you feel like you are on an adventure. There’s not any time that you are plunging down rapids but there are loads of spots that are bouncy and fun. Eventful river tubing...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank LyndaAskewfungrandma
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

We had such a terrific time river tubing. The owner (and family) were incredibly gracious and took the time needed to assure three first time tubers. The perfect day after hiking in and around Mt Mitchell. Loved this trip and will absolutely do it again!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank edieskip
Reviewed September 6, 2017

This was our first time river tubing. Catawba River Outdoors made it super easy. Show up, get on bus, grab tube and sit in river. We barely got wet except my daughter who fell into the water while trying to get onto her tube. It's...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank jenniferpB909FH
Reviewed July 30, 2017

They were able to accommodate our group of 18. Family that runs the trips are very nice. Comfortable tubes. Would recommend that you do wear water shoes, the rocks in the river are hard to walk on as well as the rocks were you get...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank H011yD
Reviewed July 8, 2017

This is our second trip tubing at Catawba River Outdoors. Nice leisurely trip with family. It was a fun trip. The folks that own and operate it are really a nice family and really make things simple and safe. I would recommend to anyone to...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Jim W
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July 4, 2017|
Response from ericaX1059LV | Property representative |
Yes they can, provided there tube is attached to yours. We provide straps for that. Thanks, Eric