Looking for an easy group water activity? Tube the Catawba River with your own tube on your own time! We recently had friends in town and instead of hitting the breweries we hit the water. We bought our tubes from Academy Sports (don't forget one for your cooler!) and rope to connect them, then headed down to the water. We dropped in at the Lake Wylie Dam but before you do that, you will need to park one car at The Pump House at Riverwalk Carolinas so that when you "land" you have a ride back up to your car at the Dam.
Floating from the Dam to The Pump House is about 3.5 hours depending on the river that day, so lather up the sunscreen! You will need to paddle every now and then to avoid fallen trees or stumps, so bring your sense of humor and water shoes in case you need to hop out – there’s usually one brave soul who does!
After a tubing adventure, we typically head to a nearby establishment for some grub such as Brass Tap for beer lovers, Grapevine for vino friends, and the Pump House if you clean up well after a day on the river.
Items we recommend bringing: tubes, rope, water shoes, waterproof cover for your phone (Ziploc bag works), drinks, koozies, snacks, waterproof speaker, sunscreen, change of clothes, towels, hat and friends!