Mecklenburg County has some of the best water-based recreation areas in the country.  Whether it's your first time afloat or you're training for advanced experiences, our facilities will help get you on the water. 

Lake Wylie

You can access Lake Wylie through McDowell Nature Preserve - (980) 314-1128. Bring your own canoe, kayak, or SUP and launch from the landing located near the waterfront deck. You can also sign up for a guided program where boats are provided.

Mountain Island Lake

Latta Nature Preserve offers two launch options for canoes, kayaks and SUPs. The North Canoe Access includes an accessible launch platform in a sheltered cove. The Gar Creek Canoe Access offers convenient entry into the Gar Creek inlet. You can also sign up for a guided program​. For more information, please contact (980) 314-1129.