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Explore the Spider Lily Blooms this weekend via a Guided Kayak Tour on the Catawba River

Summer brings a unique spectacle to the Catawba River at Landsford Canal State Park – the breathtaking blooming of Spider Lilies! Among the rocky shoals of our local river, these stunning flowers create a scene found in only a handful of places worldwide. To seize this opportunity, Optimist Training is offering guided kayak adventures, inviting enthusiasts to immerse themselves in nature's splendor.

The Spider Lilies' annual bloom transforms the Catawba River into a picturesque wonderland. Guided by experienced paddlers, participants embark on a 1.5-mile journey through shallow waters adorned with vibrant blooms. As these flowers typically begin to fade by the end of June, there's no better time than now to experience their ephemeral beauty.

An Adventure for All Skill Levels

While the journey promises awe-inspiring sights, it also offers an exhilarating paddling experience. Conditions along the river feature rocky outcroppings and small Class I & Class II rapids, providing a thrilling challenge for experienced paddlers. For newcomers, the adventure demands a moderate level of physicality, ensuring an engaging and rewarding experience for all.

At Optimist Training, safety and enjoyment take precedence. Led by Billy Wilken, a paddlesport professional with over thirty years of experience, each excursion guarantees expert guidance and support. As a swiftwater rescue technician familiar with the area, Billy offers technical instruction, ensuring both seasoned paddlers and novices navigate the waters safely.

Book Your Experience

Optimist Training invites adventurers to join four pre-scheduled guided kayak trips on Saturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9th. With two trips per day starting at 10 AM and 2 PM, participants have ample opportunity to embark on this unforgettable journey. Priced at $75 for youths and $90 for adults, the package includes kayak rental, paddle, personal flotation device (PFD), and the expertise of our experienced guide.

To reserve your spot and delve into the mesmerizing world of spider lilies, visit or email Don't miss this chance to explore the Catawba River's natural splendor and create memories on an unforgettable kayak adventure!


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