South Fork Catawba River

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South Fork Catawba River
Tributary to Catawba River
South Fork Catawba River is located in North Carolina
South Fork Catawba River
Location of South Fork Catawba River mouth
South Fork Catawba River is located in the United States
South Fork Catawba River
South Fork Catawba River (the United States)
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
Physical characteristics
Sourceconfluence of Henry Fork and Jacob Fork
 ⁃ locationabout 2 miles west of Startown, North Carolina
 ⁃ coordinates35°38′09″N 081°18′29″W / 35.63583°N 81.30806°W / 35.63583; -81.30806[1]
 ⁃ elevation798 ft (243 m)[2]
MouthCatawba River
 ⁃ location
Lake Wylie
 ⁃ coordinates
35°08′59″N 081°01′58″W / 35.14972°N 81.03278°W / 35.14972; -81.03278Coordinates: 35°08′59″N 081°01′58″W / 35.14972°N 81.03278°W / 35.14972; -81.03278[1]
 ⁃ elevation
569 ft (173 m)[2]
Length54.96 mi (88.45 km)[3]
Basin size660.78 square miles (1,711.4 km2)[4]
 ⁃ locationCatawba River (Lake Wylie)
 ⁃ average843.05 cu ft/s (23.873 m3/s) at mouth with Catawba River[4]
Basin features
River systemCatawba River
 ⁃ leftHenry Fork
Clark Creek
Muddy Creek
Lithia Branch
Hoyle Creek
 ⁃ rightJacob Fork
Pott Creek
Howards Creek
Indian Creek
Beaverdam Creek
Sulphur Branch
Rattle Shoal Creek
Coley Creek
Long Creek
DuHarts Creek
WaterbodiesLake Wylie
BridgesNC 10, Blackburn Bridge Road, Reepsville Road, S Grove Street, US 321, Laboratory Road, South Fork Road, Long Shoals Road, US 321, S Lincoln Street, Hardin Road, Philadelphia Church Road, Dallas Stanley Highway, Stanley-Spencer Mountain Road, I-85, Hickory Grove Road, US 74, North Main Street, Armstrong Ford Road, Armstrong Road

The South Fork Catawba River (better known as the South Fork River)[5] begins south of Hickory, North Carolina just northwest of the intersection of US Highway 321 and North Carolina Highway 10, at the confluence of the Henry Fork and Jacob Fork. The South Fork Catawba River travels 48.5 miles, passing along the communities of Lincolnton, High Shoals, McAdenville, and Cramerton, to Lake Wylie where its now submerged confluence with the Catawba River lies near the North Carolina and South Carolina border.

Signage on roadways crossing the river acknowledge it as the "South Fork River".

The river is part of the Santee River Watershed.

Variant names[edit]

According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as:[1]

  • Little Catawba River
  • South Fork
  • South Fork River
  • South Fork of the Catawbaw River

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "GNIS Detail - South Fork Catawba River". US Geological Survey. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "South Fork Catawba River Topo Map, Gaston County NC (Belmont Area)". TopoZone. Locality, LLC. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  3. ^ "ArcGIS Web Application". US EPA. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  4. ^ a b "South Fork Catawba River Watershed Report". Waters Geoviewer. US EPA. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  5. ^ "South Fork Catawba River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved April 26, 2014.