River Park Kayak Launch Improvement Project

City of Rock Hill, Rock Hill, SC

The goal of the project is to expand public use of and access to the Catawba River, a 2008 designated Scenic River, by constructing an improved canoe/kayak launch at River Park, one of three river access points in York County, SC.

Counties Impacted:

  • York
  • Chester
  • Lancaster

​The River Park kayak launch serves over 700 elementary students as well as thousands of paddlers and tubers each year.  Parks, Recreation, and Tourism staff enjoy the additional security of the new ramp because it allows students to enter the creek without using the main river channel where the water can be quite fast. Also, it takes much less time for students to launch their boats , which allows students more time for kayaking and playing in the creek during field trips. Teachers have commented on how nice the new launch is for the students to be able to easily enter their boats, and provides a better place to watch the students in action.

-John Taylor, Director – City of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation, and Tourism



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