Calendar of Trips

We add trips to our schedule as they are requested. If you don’t see the trip you would like on our calendar you can register for the one you are interested in and we will add it to our calendar as long as our schedule permits. Trips are created on a first come, first serve basis so the further ahead you register the more options you have in trips and start time. Visit the Choosing a Trip page for guidance to help you decide which trip would be best for your group.

Outdoor activities are always subject to changes in weather. If there is just a light rain or passing shower we can go ahead with the trip. Incase of storms with heavy rains and/or lightning we will cancel the trip and notify you as far ahead as possible. Trip availability also depends on the river levels.

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Sat 2nd Mar
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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.

Sat 2nd Mar
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Spirit Island in the Haw River is located just downriver from a dam and powerhouse
that in the early part of the twentieth century supplied electricity to a textile mill in
Swepsonville, NC. Today, the Island is remote, wild, peaceful and a wonderful place to
escape the stresses of an urban lifestyle.

We begin this canoe and/or kayak trip at the Swepsonville River Park Access paddling a short distance to spirit island and the puryear portage.  We will stop on the river just after the portage for a picnic lunch!Following lunch, our paddle will take us downriver to Saxapahaw. Because of the remote nature
of this stretch of river, birds and wildlife are easily seen. Volcanic rock outcrops along
the shoreline show evidence of an interesting geologic past. Guests are asked to bring a picnic style lunch packed in a waterproof container.  (no glass items please)

Fee: $40 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.

 

 

 

 

Sat 9th Mar
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This weekend course will provide instruction in the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking.

In the morning of the first day, students will learn about whitewater boating equipment, basic river safety and river navigation.

During the afternoon of the first day, we'll turn to instruction in essential paddling strokes -- forward, draws, sweeps and others -- before embarking on a short river trip to practice  eddy turns, peel outs and ferries.

On the second day, we will put together what was learned the first day with a 5.5 mile river trip that emphasizes river reading skills and negotiating class II rapids.

Fee: $195 per person.  A boat, PFD, paddle, spray skirt, wetsuit and helmet are provided.

Sat 9th Mar
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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.

Sat 9th Mar
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This 8 hour introductory course in the basics of river canoeing stresses technique, safety and enjoyment. Instruction is designed to provide both an understanding of the principals of canoeing and an opportunity to develop skill through practice. You will learn about equipment, strokes, maneuvering in current, river reading, safety, rescue techniques and knot tying. You will also have an opportunity to paddle both solo and in tandem. If the opportunity presents itself, we will take time to observe wildlife. We will break in the middle for lunch so bring a bag lunch with you.

Fee: $120 per person.

Sat 9th Mar
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Paddling technique, safety and enjoyment are emphasized in this 8 hour introduction to recreational kayaking. Instruction is designed to give participants a solid foundation in recreational kayaking — beginning with choosing the correct equipment and moving to proper weld, entry and launch techniques; balance; bracing; strokes; safety; self-rescue techniques; assisted rescue techniques; and trip planning. There is plenty of time to observe birds and wildlife while practicing various techniques. We will break in the middle for lunch so bring a bag lunch with you.

Fee: $120 per person.

Sat 9th Mar
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Designed for the total beginner who doesn't have time for more in-depth instruction, the "Quick Start" course offers a 3 hour, intense introduction to kayaking. The course emphasizes safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition, and follows American Canoe Association guidelines. Specific topics include personal preparation for the trip, safety and rescue, proper equipment, getting started and maneuvers. A review at the end of the course will help to insure learning.

Fee: $60 per person.

Sat 9th Mar
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Designed for the total beginner who doesn't have time for more in-depth instruction, the "Quick Start" course offers a 3 hour, intense introduction to canoeing. The course emphasizes safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition, and follows American Canoe Association guidelines. Specific topics include personal preparation for the trip, safety and rescue, proper equipment, getting started and maneuvers. A review at the end of the course will help to insure learning.

Fee: $60 per person.

Sat 9th Mar
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This weekend introductory course in the basics of whitewater canoeing stresses technique, safety and enjoyment. Instruction is designed to provide both an understanding of the principals of canoeing in class II whitewater and an opportunity to develop skill through practice. You will learn about equipment, strokes, whitewater maneuvers (e.g., upstream and downstream ferries, eddy turns and peel-outs), river reading, safety, rescue techniques and knot tying. The second weekend day will be devoted to a 5.5 mile river trip. If the opportunity presents itself, we will take time to observe wildlife.

Fee: $195 per person.

Sat 9th Mar
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Stand up paddleboarding is a new and exciting way to get out into nature while, at the same time, having a full-body, paddling experience.  This introductory course is for those without previous stand up paddleboard experience.  It begins with learning to paddle in the prone position, progresses to the kneeling position and concludes with the stand up position.  Students will learn how to identify the “sweet spot”, conduct basic turns, paddle efficiently by using the “paddler’s box” and utilize techniques for safely falling off the board.

This 1.5-hour course is taught on the Haw River above the dams at both Saxapahaw and Bynum, NC. Participants are responsible for providing clothing and footwear that can get wet, and a change of clothing for the ride home.

Fee: $50 per person.

Sun 10th Mar
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The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. is pleased to offer an “Introduction To Fly Fishing” course. With our casual riverside atmosphere, it is our intention to guide you through the steps necessary to enjoy a day on the water without the frustrations that often accompany learning a new sport/art. In our course we will cover gear & tackle, fundamentals of casting and basic fly presentation. We offer our instruction in either a group setting in front of our shop or as private instruction.   The shallows below the dam in Saxapahaw offer an ideal learning location as does the lake above the dam.

Fee:  $160 per person.  The fee includes instruction.  It also includes a Maxxon Outfitter's rod & reel and a couple of popular, hand-made flies to take home with you.

Sun 10th Mar
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This weekend course will provide instruction in the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking.

In the morning of the first day, students will learn about whitewater boating equipment, basic river safety and river navigation.

During the afternoon of the first day, we'll turn to instruction in essential paddling strokes -- forward, draws, sweeps and others -- before embarking on a short river trip to practice  eddy turns, peel outs and ferries.

On the second day, we will put together what was learned the first day with a 5.5 mile river trip that emphasizes river reading skills and negotiating class II rapids.

Fee: $195 per person.  A boat, PFD, paddle, spray skirt, wetsuit and helmet are provided.

Sun 10th Mar
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This weekend introductory course in the basics of whitewater canoeing stresses technique, safety and enjoyment. Instruction is designed to provide both an understanding of the principals of canoeing in class II whitewater and an opportunity to develop skill through practice. You will learn about equipment, strokes, whitewater maneuvers (e.g., upstream and downstream ferries, eddy turns and peel-outs), river reading, safety, rescue techniques and knot tying. The second weekend day will be devoted to a 5.5 mile river trip. If the opportunity presents itself, we will take time to observe wildlife.

Fee: $195 per person.

Tue 12th Mar
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The Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company is now offering Boat Building Classes! Registration is open for our December and January sessions. Students will build their own wooden flat-bottom boat at our workshop in Saxapahaw. No tools or carpentry experience necessary.  We provide all the materials and instruction.

This 8 hour course is broken up into (4) 2 hour classes.  The course cost covers detailed instruction, tools, shop time and all materials.  You go home with a boat you built.  Pretty cool.

Classes meet from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at our main office in Saxapahaw.

Fee:  $500 per built boat; up to 3 students per boat.

Thu 14th Mar
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The Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company is now offering Boat Building Classes! Registration is open for our December and January sessions. Students will build their own wooden flat-bottom boat at our workshop in Saxapahaw. No tools or carpentry experience necessary.  We provide all the materials and instruction.

This 8 hour course is broken up into (4) 2 hour classes.  The course cost covers detailed instruction, tools, shop time and all materials.  You go home with a boat you built.  Pretty cool.

Classes meet from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at our main office in Saxapahaw.

Fee:  $500 per built boat; up to 3 students per boat.

Sat 16th Mar
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Over the course of a year, trash builds up along riverbanks and in log piles — causing a hazard to fish and wildlife and spoiling the natural beauty of our waterways. To do our part in cleaning up the Haw River, The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company sponsors three annual cleanups: March's “Cleanup-A-Thon,” June's “National Rivers Cleanup Day” and September's “Big Sweep Cleanup.” Each is focused on a different stretch of river.

Canoes are provided at no charge for those participants who do not have a boat, and private boaters are encouraged to participate as well. We will help them shuttle their boats and equipment. All of the trash collected will be either recycled, if possible, or brought to a landfill by The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company.

Fee: There is no trip fee, though registration is required.
*You are expected to collect at least one large trash bag of garbage per person and clean your boat.

River Clean-up Tips from the Haw River Assembly

Safety First:  Always wear puncture-proof gloves to pick up broken glass and sharp or rusted metal.  Make sure all children are safe and closely supervised.

Slippery slopes:  Be aware of muddy areas, slippery rocks and other places where you could fall.

Recycling:  Many cans and bottles near or in the river may be too dirty to recycle and must be trashed.  Use your judgment as to whether or not to recycle.

Trash Habitats:  Sometimes trash that has been in the woods or river for a long time has become habitat for an animal or insect colonyDecide whether or not it is better to just leave it alone.

Sat 16th Mar
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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.

Tue 19th Mar
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The Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company is now offering Boat Building Classes! Registration is open for our December and January sessions. Students will build their own wooden flat-bottom boat at our workshop in Saxapahaw. No tools or carpentry experience necessary.  We provide all the materials and instruction.

This 8 hour course is broken up into (4) 2 hour classes.  The course cost covers detailed instruction, tools, shop time and all materials.  You go home with a boat you built.  Pretty cool.

Classes meet from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at our main office in Saxapahaw.

Fee:  $500 per built boat; up to 3 students per boat.

Thu 21st Mar
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The Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company is now offering Boat Building Classes! Registration is open for our December and January sessions. Students will build their own wooden flat-bottom boat at our workshop in Saxapahaw. No tools or carpentry experience necessary.  We provide all the materials and instruction.

This 8 hour course is broken up into (4) 2 hour classes.  The course cost covers detailed instruction, tools, shop time and all materials.  You go home with a boat you built.  Pretty cool.

Classes meet from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at our main office in Saxapahaw.

Fee:  $500 per built boat; up to 3 students per boat.

Sat 23rd Mar
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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.

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Sat 23rd Mar
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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.

Sun 24th Mar
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The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. is pleased to offer an “Introduction To Fly Fishing” course. With our casual riverside atmosphere, it is our intention to guide you through the steps necessary to enjoy a day on the water without the frustrations that often accompany learning a new sport/art. In our course we will cover gear & tackle, fundamentals of casting and basic fly presentation. We offer our instruction in either a group setting in front of our shop or as private instruction.   The shallows below the dam in Saxapahaw offer an ideal learning location as does the lake above the dam.

Fee:  $160 per person.  The fee includes instruction.  It also includes a Maxxon Outfitter's rod & reel and a couple of popular, hand-made flies to take home with you.

Sat 30th Mar
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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.