The Catawba River begins in the foothills of North Carolina and flows for more than 200 miles through the Piedmont. Beginning in 1904, a series of hydroelectric dams were constructed to harness the power of the river to provide electricity for the region. However, much of the land bordering the Catawba River remains wooded and natural, making the Catawba River a haven for wildlife of all sorts.

In addition to being rich in wildlife, the SC Catawba River is also rich in history. The river has provided for the people of the Catawba River Valley for more than 12,000 years, beginning with the ancestors of the modern-day Catawba Indian Nation, through the first European explorers and settlers, to those who continue to flock to the region today.

Use the following interactive map to learn more about the lakes and rivers of this region.

Catawba Wateree Proto

This map is currently being developed and will be integrated into the page in the next few weeks.