Uwharrie River

The Uwharrie River (pronounced yoo-WAHR-ee) is a river, about 60 mi (100 km) long, in the Piedmont region of central North Carolina in the United States. It is a tributary of the Pee Dee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean.The Uwharrie River rises in northwestern Randolph County, just south of the city of High Point, and flows generally southwardly into northwestern Montgomery County, through the low Uwharrie Mountains and the Uwharrie National Forest. It flows into the Pee Dee River 8 mi (13 km) east of the city of Albemarle as part of the Lake Tillery reservoir, across the Pee Dee from Morrow Mountain State Park. Above the mouth of the Uwharrie, the Pee Dee is known as the Yadkin River.

In its upper course, the Uwharrie collects a minor tributary named the Little Uwharrie River, which flows for a short distance through northwestern Randolph County.


Uwharrie River, June 1, 2016

There isn't a whole lot of information available online for the Uwharrie River that runs through Randolph, Davidson and Montgomery County NC.  When  you call the local outfitters to ask them about certain sections of the river, they will tell you "I don't know, I've never been on that section" or "we only run this section and this section only."

There are a couple of blogs floating around on the internet regarding various sections of the river; some information is beneficial, some is sketchy at best and the rest... isn't really worth a hill of beans.

One thing to note about the Uwharrie River is that there is only one USGS gauge on the river and its located at the Hwy 109 bridge in Eldorado.  I have laid out some basic guidelines on the water data on the water data page for this river.  You can read about that information on the link below.


View the different segments of the Uwharrie River so you know how to plot your course for a fun day of kayaking!


View the information listed from the United States Geological Survey regarding water flow and depth for the Uwharrie River


View my blog posts regarding our trips on the Uwharrie River


View the different Outfitters for the Uwharrie River for kayak and canoe rental as well as shuttles