Welcome to Great Falls, a scenic little town nestled along the banks of the picturesque Catawba River. But there's more to Great Falls than tranquil beauty. A vibrant transformation is underway, breathing new life into the community through the wonders of outdoor recreation.
For nearly a decade, Duke Energy has embarked on an ambitious project to enhance the recreational opportunities and natural environment of the Great Falls Reservoir. This endeavor, which came to fruition in the spring of 2023, has created an idyllic haven for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.
Here, two whitewater runs await kayakers, canoeists and rafting enthusiasts. A long bypass river channel stretches over 2 miles, offering a meandering journey filled with Class II and III rapids, perfect for both novice and experienced paddlers. The run can be accessed from the Nitrolee Access Area and is open to the public during scheduled flow releases.
A short bypass farther south beckons with its thrilling drops and fast-flowing waters, creating bigger and more challenging Class III and IV rapids. This section of river can be accessed from the Great Falls canoe/kayak trail on Mountain Island.
The Great Falls enhancement project is more than just an investment in adventure—it's a commitment to environmental conservation and habitat restoration.