This year's challenge will be a two-man canoe expedition through the Catawba Chain of Lakes. The chain consists of Lake James, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Hickory, Lookout Shoals Lake, Lake Norman, Mountain Island Lake, and Lake Wylie.
We will traverse the seven lakes—and the sections of the Catawba that link them—in an easterly and then southerly direction, beginning in Linville, NC and ending in Catawba, SC.
The journey will be roughly 160 miles and should take us 10-12 days, depending on conditions. Off the water, portaging around the many dams will be our greatest challenge.
We hope to time the conclusion of our trip with the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily bloom at Landsford Canal State Park.
To go to an interactive route map, click on the image at right.