Riverbend Park - Lookout Shoals Lake - Public Use/ADA Accessible River Observation Platform

Catawba County Parks, Conover, NC

An engineered, concrete, ADA accessible river observation/fishing platform on Lookout Shoals Lake was built to allow visitors to enjoy and examine the outdoor natural habitat and wildlife from over the water. The platform was constructed to withstand future flooding events. Interpretative kiosks feature information on the construction of Oxford Dam, operational statistics of the dam today, and clean energy and good stewardship of our natural/cultural resources.

Counties Impacted:

  • Catawba County
  • Iredell County
  • Alexander County

​We extend our thanks to Duke Energy Foundation for assisting Catawba County in replacing the wooden deck and informational kiosks at Riverbend Park, which were destroyed in the flood of 2013. Park patrons used the previous deck for picnicking, fishing, and observing wildlife, and area schools used the deck as an outdoor science classroom. The new concrete replacement platform will help withstand future flooding events. The educational kiosks will help visitors understand the construction of adjacent Oxford Dam, the benefits of the dam, and ways the public can help protect the natural environment.

-Catawba County Planning and Parks Director Jacky Eubanks



The Water Resource Fund from Duke Energy is a multiyear, $10 million commitment to protect and restore waterways in the Carolinas and neighboring states. Learn more about the projects we’ve supported, and how you can get involved.