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“Excellent family ran river tubing company. Expect fun!”

Catawba River Outdoors
Ranked #5 of 14 things to do in Marion
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located on the upper Catawba River just above Lake James, We offer kayak & tube rentals as well as a river shuttle service to various locations. Rates include paddle and life jacket. Bath house available with showers. If you plan on coming Monday thru Thursday please call ahead for availability. Friday thru Sunday the shuttle runs from 10am till 3pm no reservation required unless you have a group of 10 or more. Although the trip only takes a couple of hours you can stay on the water as long as you like but must be back to the take out point no later than 7pm
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

No guide is necessary. River is full of just enough rocks to make you feel like you are on an adventure. There’s not any time that you are plunging down rapids but there are loads of spots that are bouncy and fun. Eventful river tubing experience for us due to one elderly guest who attempted to control her ride by paddling to sides, away from the current. This caused her to get stuck on rocks and in tree branches on multiple occasions. Finally she lost her tube and stranded herself and another guest who attempted to assist her. This is when the company owner and other employees really stepped up and went into action to get them back safely. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this excursion. Very enjoyable if you “go with the flow” but if you must be in control then you would be better off riding the river adventure at Dollywood! Lots of turtles, birds and beautiful scenery.

This company recently relocated their office and their restrooms are in the process of being renovated so I suggest you stop at one of the many nearby fast food restaurants.

Our group included 4 over 60 years, one 20 year old and one 15 year old and we all enjoyed it. Well except for one!

Thank LyndaAskewfungrandma
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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

We had such a terrific time river tubing. The owner (and family) were incredibly gracious and took the time needed to assure three first time tubers. The perfect day after hiking in and around Mt Mitchell. Loved this trip and will absolutely do it again!

Thank Edieskip
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

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