Coordinator: Travis Kelly
Details: US National Whitewater Center, Charlotte, NC. This is man-made whitewater. One channel is Class III and the other is Class IV. Although free of many of the hidden hazards you might encounter in a natural river, these rapids are still quite powerful and are best for intermediate paddlers who have a decent combat roll.
What to bring: kayak, helmet, PFD, whistle, flotation airbags for boats, water (no glass bottles, no alcohol), river shoes (no flip/flops). Optional: paddling gloves to protect knuckles from concrete, eyewear retainers, waterproof camera, towel and shampoo for the hot shower. No paddle leashes. Recreational kayaks are not allowed on this trip.
Do not bring lunch or drinks to the USNWC. There are restaurants onsite, as well as bathrooms, hot showers, plenty of parking ($5 per vehicle). There is also a fee of $25 for water access, which entitles you to paddle all day long. Kayaks can usually be rented for $25. This is an excellent way to test-paddle a boat before you buy it.
We will meet just north of Columbia at 8:30 AM at the Lizard’s Thicket at I-77 Exit 27 (Blythewood Road). If you don’t want breakfast, you can meet us for carpooling at the same Lizard’s Thicket at 9:00 AM or at the USNWC at 10:30 AM. The USNWC can be very tiring, as it’s possible to be constantly paddling thanks to their conveyor belt system. I usually paddle until around 3pm or 4pm when I go, but if people want to stay later I have no problem staying until they shut the water off. If people want to leave before then and brought their own vehicle that is fine as well too.
Do not show up on the day of the trip without first communicating with the trip coordinator. The number of beginners allowed on this trip will depend on the number of experienced boaters who sign up.
Plan to attend? Contact the Coordinator. Please inform the Coordinator in a timely manner if your plans change and you can no longer attend.
USNWC Web Page