Lake Wylie Dam to River Park

Our most popular trip: 6.5 miles/2-3 hours

Single kayaks:  $40.00       Tandem Kayaks and Canoes:  $50.00

Trip Details: 

Difficulty: Moderately easy, suitable for adventuresome beginners

Miles: 6.50

Paddle time: 2 to 3 hours in kayak/canoe

This self-guided float begins at the Lake Wylie Dam in Fort Mill SC and passes under the I-77 and US 21 bridges (past Riverwalk), and ends at River Park in Rock Hill SC. This is a beautiful stretch of river - we've seen eagles, deer, otters, geese, osprey, heron and lots of fish. Most beginners do well on this section, but be aware there is moving water and rocks to maneuver around. Depending on water level, you may get a few fun riffles and rapids, but mostly this is a pretty calm, stretch of water with lots of big rocks. The river is dam-controlled, and the water levels are varied. We cannot guarantee what water levels may be. 

Where to meet:  

  • If you are a small group (less than 3) we meet you at River Park to shuttle you to the Dam.  
  • If you have a larger group, we will ask you to please drive to the parking area of the Wylie Dam (Click here for directions) and drop off your people/coolers/etc (unless, of course, all your people are children). 
  • Then one driver for each vehicle will drive down to River Park (directions from Dam to River Park.)
  • Your people-in-waiting can enjoy the shade and dip their toes in the water while we shuttle drivers back to the dam. We will meet your one driver at River Park, you'll leave your vehicle there and ride our shuttle up to the dam. Your vehicle will be there waiting for you when you're done paddling.