Catawba River Basin

North Carolina River Basins

Catawba River Basin

The Catawba River Basin in North Carolina is a place of extremes.The Catawba River begins on the eastern slopes the Blue Ridge Mountains. The total miles of streams and rivers are 9,389 miles. A National Wild and Scenic River was designated by the 2-3 mile Wilson Creek, by the congress in 2000. Before joining the Johns River it flows through the Pisgah National Forest andflows through the Wilson Creek Gorge. The basin's Linville River has a scenic character. Before it flows into Lake James.....Other large tributaries are the Johns, South Fork Catawba, Henry Fork and Jacob Fork Rivers. There is only two animals known to exist in two locations, a globally rare dragonfly, and Edmund's snake tail. They live in the Upper and Wilson Creeks in Burke. The Linville River is home to the Grandfather Mountain Crayfish. The Carolina Heelsplitter, a freshwater mussel, found in a small section of Waxhaw Creek is federally endangered. The tribe that first settled its banks was named the Catawaba River. Catawaba is the most populated river basin in the state. More than 2 million people now make their home here. The Catawba River has an organization of Catawbakeepers. It is an organization that works to educate people about the river and to protect the river and advocate for the river. The Catawbakeepers Initiated lawsuits to require coal fired power plants to stop illegal discharges of toxic wastes, that was represent by the Southern Environmental Law Center. The Catawba River has a few interesting places for Hiking, Paddling and Biking such as the Catawba River Greenway Park, Geitner-Rotary Park, Charolette Nature Museum, Lake Norman, Lake James State Park, and many more. You can also visit some Environmental Education Centers like the Blue Planet Water Environmental Center, Carolina Raptor Center, and the Catawba Science Center.