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

Voyageur Canoe Trips

River travel with a group has never been more fun than our Voyageur North Canoe.  Seating 10 adults, it’s a great way to see the river and paddle together with your family and friends.  Voyageurs are famous as the long boats which the explorers used to navigate the lakes and rapids of the Great Northwoods and Canada.  They are extremely stable and accessible to people of all ages.

Trip Fee: $35 per participant.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Haw River Book Club

Do you like to read? Do you like to talk about books you read? Do you like to paddle? Have you been thinking you should combine all these things? Then the 2018 Haw River Book Club is exactly what you have been looking for. Over the course of the summer we will read three books on our own time, and then meet at the river to discuss what we have read.

This will be a 2 to 3-hour trip for paddlers of all skill levels and ages. We will paddle up river at a relaxed pace and will “raft-up” and chat about the book, in a discussion facilitated by the guide. Please feel free to bring snacks and drinks with you to enjoy on the river. After paddling, guests will find several great venues in our small village to enjoy a post paddle meal, drink, or social if you want to keep the discussion going!

So, go visit your local bookstore or library and pick up a copy of the book club book!

Our first book will be “The Nature Fix” by Florence Williams.  The second book will be “The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain.  The third book will be determined.  Check back for updates.  We will have the book posted soon.

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

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google9:00 am Saturday, 29 September 2018

Women’s Enrichment: Journey to Introspection

Join us for Part 1 of our new Women’s Enrichment paddling program, titled Journey to Introspection.  This will be a guided open discussion on getting to know yourself, recognizing personal attributes that help us in our everyday busy lives. Following the open discussion, there will be a brief stretching exercise and instruction on basic paddling techniques.  We will then journey on a flat-water section of the Haw River for a 2 1/2 to 3 hour paddle to explore the wonders that the beautiful river provides. Keep your eyes open and your schedules clear for Part 2 of the series titled, Women in Work: Achieving the Proper Balance.

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

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

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 google7:00 pm Saturday, 22 September 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google7:00 pm Saturday, 20 October 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google7:00 pm Saturday, 24 November 2018

Sunset Paddle

Lakes formed behind the dams at Altamahaw, Saxapahaw and Bynum are wonderful places to enjoy a calm, late afternoon paddle. The remote margins next to the shorelines are home to turtles, owls, great blue herons, egrets, kingfishers, cormorants, turkey, beavers, muskrats, raccoon, squirrel and deer.

This river trip is designed to give participants an opportunity to get away from the turmoil and stress of work or school, and spend a tranquil, late afternoon on the water. It also provides participants with the opportunity to try different types of boats, look for wildlife, gain more paddling experience and enjoy a beautiful sunset.

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

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google6:00 pm Saturday, 13 October 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google6:00 pm Saturday, 10 November 2018

Owl Prowl

Big Alamance Creek, upriver of its confluence with the Haw River, and the river itself, upriver of the dams at Altamahaw, Saxapahaw and Bynum, NC, are great places to search for and watch birds and wildlife, especially in the early evening hours. The banks are heavily forested along the shoreline, creating ideal habitat for barred owls, one of the largest of owls. It isn’t always easy to see barred owls at night, but it is very easy to hear them as they call to each other. Male and female barred owls have different and distinctive calls, so it’s easy to identify them, even when you can’t see them. Their loud, sometimes hysterical sounding hoots, along with the slapping of beaver tails, make paddling at night an uncommon adventure.

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

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google7:00 pm Saturday, 29 September 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google7:00 pm Saturday, 27 October 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google7:00 pm Saturday, 17 November 2018

Stargazing Float

There is no better way to see the night sky in the Piedmont of North Carolina than by paddling, at night, on a lake, and at the time of a new moon. If astronomy is your hobby — or even if you just want to learn about what you’ve been looking at all these years — this float trip will be both fun and educational.

Participants arrive early enough in the evening to practice paddling, enjoy a beautiful sunset and adjust their eyes to the night sky. As the stars become brighter, everyone will “raft-up,” lay back, and identify stars and constellations.

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

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google7:30 pm Saturday, 6 October 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google7:30 pm Saturday, 3 November 2018

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 the seat of a kayak or canoe 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.

Limited space available. Reservations required. Register online or call (336/260-6465) to complete your reservation for this 2-3 hour event!

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

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Meditation & Mindfulness Paddle

Find peace and serenity that exists around and within us while paddling on the Haw River.  Meditation increases focus, calmness, patience, consciousness and clarity.  It does not have to be about sitting for hours in an uncomfortable position.  It can be a relaxing paddle and immersion in Nature.  Being in Nature and on the river helps to develop an awareness that is hard to find indoors.

No meditation and/or paddling experience is necessary for this guided trip.  You just need to be open to the sounds, sights and smells all around you while doing your best to calm the thoughts racing through your mind.

Fee:  $35.00 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $30 per person with your own boat

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to googleSunday, 28 October 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to googleSunday, 18 November 2018

Mother-Daughter Paddle

In need of some mother-daughter bonding time?  The Haw River can be a great place to have an adventure to share and enjoy.  In addition to developing paddling skills, the aim of this trip is to have fun, get some exercise and experience Nature together.  No previous paddling experience necessary.

Fee:  $35.00 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $30 per person with your own boat.

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google9:00 am Sunday, 23 September 2018