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

Custom Trips Available

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

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  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google11:00 am Monday, 10 November 2014
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google11:00 am Tuesday, 11 November 2014
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google11:00 am Wednesday, 12 November 2014
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google11:00 am Thursday, 13 November 2014

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 the lake to enjoy the night sounds. Eventually, we will “raft-up” and lay back to fully take in our surroundings.

Fee: $25 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $20 per person with your own boat.

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google7:00 pm Saturday, 8 November 2014

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: $25 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $20 per person with your own boat.

Next dates:
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to googleSaturday, 1 November 2014

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.

History Rediscovered

The rivers in the Piedmont of North Carolina are rich in the cultural history of the 1700s and 1800s. Evidence of fords, locks, dams, canals, bridges, grist mills, home sites and graveyards can be found, if you have previous experience looking for such things.

Occasionally, we team up with the Trading Path Association to offer educational and exploratory river trips in the spring and fall. TPA has a history of offering afternoon hikes to historically significant sites and is very familiar with long forgotten cemeteries and old roadways that crossed the Haw River.

Fee: $45 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $40 per person with your own boat.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Owl Prowl

Big Alamance Creek, upriver of its confluence with the Haw River, and the river itself, upriver of the dams at 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: $25 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $20 per person with your own boat.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.