Custom Trips

Bynum Lake by Elaine ChiossoDo you have something special in mind — paddling to a different destination or developing a unique adventure for your friends to join in on? Your business, church, or social group?

We can help. Our staff can design and manage the perfect event for your group, allowing participants to escape confining offices; learn about local history and natural resources; build a sense of teamwork; view rare plants, birds and wildlife; get to know one another better; learn new lifelong skills; and connect once again with nature.

It’s impossible to describe what is available, because there is no “typical” offering. Some recent adventures included:

  • Leaders from a local government exploring their natural resources, learning more about local history and getting to know each other better.
  • Church and social groups finding an experienced guide to help them explore and learn about special interests.
  • Corporate and bank executives building effective work teams by trading another day at the office for the escape of paddling and informal interaction of a leisurely luncheon.
  • Scouts enjoying the outdoors, learning about nature and working toward achievement badges.

The options are limitless.  Call into our offices for help in booking your next adventure

Meteor Shower Paddle

The Perseid Meteor Shower is a “river of rubble” leftover front the Swift-Tuttle comet. Every year in July and August the Earth’s orbit passes by this river, creating a display of shooting stars for us to enjoy. Leave the lights of the city for a chance to see the radiance of the Perseid Meteor Shower from seat of a kayak in the middle of the Haw River.

We will leave at 10pm, as the meteors are better seen late at night.  As the meteors are entering our atmosphere at speeds of up to 37 miles per second we will paddle around at a relaxed pace to enjoy the night sounds and the show. Eventually, we will “raft-up” and lay back to fully take in our surroundings and maybe make a few wishes on some shooting stars.

 

Reservations required! Call into our office to complete your reservation!

Limited spaces available!

2-3 hour event!

336-260-6465

35$ per participant.  Single kayaks, double kayak, and canoes are available.

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google10:00 pm Friday, 12 August 2016

Guest Appreciation Day

Each year we like to dedicate a day to say thank you to our paddling friends.  We begin with on-water paddling demonstrations followed by fun and educational events for both young and old.  There will be opportunities to try out and buy used canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards along with corresponding paddles and PFDs.  Bring any outdoor gear you would like to sell, swap or unload.

We will provide chili and ice tea.  Bring something-else to eat or drink to share with others.  The day will conclude with an early evening bonfire.

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google1:00 pm Saturday, 15 October 2016

Rental Trips Available

 

Rental Trip Availability

The Haw River is a naturally running river. This means there needs to be rain in the watershed to guarantee downriver, whitewater trips. When there hasn’t been recent rain, it is the water impounded behind the dams at Bynum and Saxapahaw that enables us to consistently run flat-water river trips. It is difficult to guarantee what rental trips we have available on any given day (due to water levels), so it is best to call and ask what we have available.

Trips that are almost always available include:

Saxapahaw Lake and upriver
Weekend start times for this trip are 10:00 am, Noon and 2:00 pm.
During weekdays this trip can go out anytime between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Boats must be back by 5:00 pm.

Single kayaks, stand up paddleboards, tandem kayaks, and tandem canoes are available for this section of river.

Bynum Upriver (based out of our Bynum Outpost at the 15-501 paddle access on the Haw River) – Weekend start times for this trip are 10:00 am, Noon and 2:00 pm.
During weekdays this trip is available only by advanced request.

Single kayaks, tandem kayaks, and canoes are available for this section of river.

Swepsonville River Park to Saxapahaw Lake
Weekend start times for this trip are 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.
Advanced registration is preferred. We need at least an hour notice to add guests onto this trip. If you would like to go on the 11:00 am trip, it is highly recommended that you register at least the day before.
When we have had enough rain in the watershed to offer whitewater river trips, we only provide Sit-On- Top kayaks.
Please disregard the schedule below that shows the start time of 9:00 am. and feel free to call and ask what rental trips are available, and when they go out.

single kayaks, tandem kayaks, and canoes are available for this section of river.

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google9:00 am Saturday, 30 July 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google9:00 am Sunday, 31 July 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google9:00 am Monday, 1 August 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google9:00 am Tuesday, 2 August 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google9:00 am Wednesday, 3 August 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google9:00 am Thursday, 4 August 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google9:00 am Friday, 5 August 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google9:00 am Saturday, 6 August 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google9:00 am Sunday, 7 August 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google9:00 am Monday, 8 August 2016

Bear Island Sea Kayak Camping Trip

The destination for this sea kayak camping trip is Bear Island, an 892-acre barrier island located off the coast of North Carolina.  The island is bordered on the north by salt marshes and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean.  It has some of the most unspoiled beaches on the East Coast.  Its uplands contain shrub thickets, maritime forests, sand ridges and large sand dunes that dominate the landscape.  The island, marshes and water are habitat for porpoise, loggerhead sea turtles, migratory shorebirds, wading birds, pelicans, osprey, deer, raccoon, fox and numerous intertidal estuarine and marine fishes and invertebrates.

This is an overnight sea kayaking trip.  Guests will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday in the parking lot of Hammocks Beach State Park mainland office building.  We will leave from there to begin our sea kayaking trip through the tidal creeks and channels to Bear Island.  We will camp in primitive campsites located near the beach.  There will be time for sea kayaking, bird watching, swimming, hiking, looking for seashells and fishing.  We will return to the parking lot by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Fees: The trip fee is $230.00 per person.  A sea kayak, PFD, paddle, lunch both days, dinner, breakfast the second day and an experienced guide/naturalist are provided.

Guests are responsible for transportation to and from Hammocks Beach State Park, tent & sleeping bag, appropriate clothing for the time of year, a waterproof bag for extra clothes and gear, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, light-weight rain gear and foot wear that can get dirty and/or wet.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Black River Canoe/Kayak Camping Trip

The Black River is a slow-flowing black-water river and swamp.  It originates in Sampson County, NC and flows in a southeasterly direction until it empties into the Cape Fear River near Wilmington, NC.  Approximately 25 miles of the river have been identified as having outstanding scenic and natural significance.  In addition to having the oldest tress in the Eastern United States (some bald cypress trees are over 1600 years old), the area offers wonderful opportunities for observing neo-tropical migrating birds, outstanding natural communities, abundant wildlife and rare and endangered pants.  Fishing for bass, sunfish and catfish are excellent.  For those with an interest in history, evidence of past steamboat activity can be seen.

This weekend canoe camping trip begins at 9:00 a.m. on the first day at the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission boat launch off Sampson County Route 1100; approximately 0.5 miles south of Ivanhoe, NC.  We will float approximately 10 miles of the river through sandhill and swamp environments before reaching the take-out and campsite at Henry’s Landing.

After running the shuttle the next morning, we will float and paddle downriver to and through “The Narrows” and “Three Sisters” areas.  It is in this stretch of the river that we see the largest concentration of ancient bald cypress trees.  Our take-out will be at Hunt’s Bluff, approximately 1.0 mile south of Highway 54 near Atkinson, NC.  We should reach the take-out by 4:00 p.m.

Fees: The trip fee is $230.00 per person.  A canoe or kayak, PFD, paddle, lunch both days, dinner one evening, breakfast the second day and an experienced guide/naturalist are provided.

Guests are responsible for transportation to and from the put-in and take-out, tent & sleeping bag, appropriate clothing for the time of year, a waterproof bag for extra clothes and gear, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, light-weight rain gear and foot wear that can get dirty and/or wet.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Full Moon Paddle

Nothing can be more beautiful than a full moon rising above a Piedmont lake. There is just something magical about moonbeams and water — and sharing the experience of looking at the moon with someone special, even if that someone special is just you.

Participants arrive early enough in the evening to practice paddling, enjoy a beautiful sunset and adjust their eyes to the night sky. As the moonlight gets brighter, we will paddle around to enjoy the night sounds. Eventually, we will “raft-up” and lay back to fully take in our surroundings.

Fee: $35 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $30 per person with your own boat.

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google8:00 pm Saturday, 20 August 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google8:00 pm Saturday, 17 September 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google8:00 pm Saturday, 15 October 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google8:00 pm Saturday, 12 November 2016

The Haw River Paddler

“Out of the millions of spheres in the universe, the one we call Earth is ours ….  We live here.  That places a responsibility on us.”  Sinio Esteve

 

JORDAN LAKE, NC – Educational Event

On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, when the lake is likely to be pack full of visitors, non-profit groups hosted a media event at Jordan Lake. The groups spoke to their concerns of what happens to the lake if rules that have already been delayed that are intended to improve the water quality of the impaired waterway, are never implemented.  Speakers at the event were available for interview by several TV stations after the event.

The location provided a great view of the lake.  The event was coordinated by the NC Sierra Club, the Haw River Assembly, Environment North Carolina, and WakeUP Wake County.  

 Background information on the Jordan Lake Rules:

Jordan Lake is the drinking water resource for 300,000 North Carolinians.  Rapid population growth, expanding sprawl, and agricultural pollution have lead to dangerous levels of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the lake.  The Environmental Management Commission first adopted rules to clean up Jordan Lake in 2008.  In 2009, the legislature passed compromise legislation to reduce upstream pollution and clean up the lake. Upstream developers and municipalities continue to fight these rules while other communities complied in good faith.  The North Carolina Senate recently voted to eliminate the rules.  The House is now considering doing the same.

Note:  The above information was taken from a press release by Dustin Chicurel-Bayard, Communications Director for the North Carolina Sierra Club.HRCK Logo small

Explore Saxapahaw – Weekend Getaways

Escape the stress of busy schedules and experience the quiet, historic village of Saxapahaw with all-inclusive getaway packages for couples, groups and corporate retreats. You relax while we handle all of the details which include lodging at River Landing Inn, a comfortable, four-room bed-and-breakfast, dining at The Eddy, wine tasting at the award-winning Benjamin Vineyards and Winery and nature-based paddling with The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co.
Specially-designed weekends help couples rejuvenate their relationships or anyone to get away for a much-needed period of relaxation. Customized corporate retreats combine comfortable meeting space, wine-and-cheese breaks and teambuilding activities with escapes onto the river and other amenities.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Bynum Upriver Paddle

Because of its biological and ecological signifcance, land on both sides of the Haw River upriver of the dam at Highway 15-501 in Bynum is part of the Haw Slopes State Natural Area.

A diversity of habitats includes rich forested slopes, islands, rocky outcrops and wetlands. Both rare and ancient plants are found along the shore. Great blue herons, belted kingfishers, Canada geese, red-tail hawks and eagles are commonly seen while paddling. Occasionally, deer, beaver and muskrats present themselves.

Flat-water upriver of the dam is especially well-suited for both the beginner paddler and anyone intersted in nature. Parents paddling with children find the experience particularly gratifying.

Fee: $35 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $30 per person with your own boat.

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to googleSunday, 7 August 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to googleSunday, 2 October 2016

Greater Alamance Creek to Saxapahaw Lake

Greater Alamance Creek, a major tributary of the Haw River in Alamance County, has a great deal of historical significance. At one time, the creek served as a significant trading path for both indigenous people and early settlers. During the War Between the States, the junction of the creek with the Haw River was an important crossing for the Underground Railroad.

Today, a trip down the creek offers the paddler a remote setting with lots of birds and wildlife. There is even a greater variety and abundance of birds and wildlife to see by continuing downriver to Saxapahaw Lake.

Fee: $45 per single kayak, $60 per tandem canoe or tandem kayak,
$20 per person with your own boat.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.