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.

Key: Summer Camps | Guided TripsSelf-serve | Special Events | Paddling Classes | Custom Trips |

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Mon 29th Jul
to Fri 2nd Aug
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Half-day Paddle Camps focus on developing paddling skills in recreational kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards.  Campers receive instruction in paddling technique, safety, and river navigation. We explore different sections of the Haw River throughout the week. Campers should leave with a much greater understanding of paddlesports and on water confidence.  Emphasis will be placed on teaching about conservation efforts designed to protect and preserve the Haw River for future generations.

 

Half-day Paddle Camp Fee:  $195/week

Half-day Paddle Camps are from 9:00AM until 1:00pm Monday through Friday.  Drop off and pick up locations will be at our main office in Saxapahaw, (6079 Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Road) unless the camp is conducted in cooperation with Carrboro Parks & Recreation in which case you must register through them and they will tell you the drop off and pick up locations.

Our camps are operated by The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. and offered in partnership with other organizations. You may contact us for additional information; however, you must register through our partners if the camp is conducted in partnership with another organization. Enrollment in a camp is on a first come, first served basis.

 

2019 Camp Dates With Associated Partner Organization are:

June 17th to June 21st                       Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp

July 29th to August 2nd                   Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp 

August 5th to August 9th                  Carrboro Recreation & Parks                  Half-day Paddle Camp

August 12th to August 16th             Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp

August 19th to August 23rd            Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp

 

Carrboro Summer camp registration link:

www.carrbororec.org/373/Summer-Camps

 

Sat 3rd Aug
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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: $40 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.

Sat 3rd Aug
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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: $45 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.

 

 

 

 

Sun 4th Aug
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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: $45 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.

 

 

 

 

Sun 4th Aug
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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:  $40.00 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.

Mon 5th Aug
to Fri 9th Aug
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Half-day Paddle Camps focus on developing paddling skills in recreational kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards.  Campers receive instruction in paddling technique, safety, and river navigation. We explore different sections of the Haw River throughout the week. Campers should leave with a much greater understanding of paddlesports and on water confidence.  Emphasis will be placed on teaching about conservation efforts designed to protect and preserve the Haw River for future generations.

 

Half-day Paddle Camp Fee:  $195/week

Half-day Paddle Camps are from 9:00AM until 1:00pm Monday through Friday.  Drop off and pick up locations will be at our main office in Saxapahaw, (6079 Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Road) unless the camp is conducted in cooperation with Carrboro Parks & Recreation in which case you must register through them and they will tell you the drop off and pick up locations.

Our camps are operated by The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. and offered in partnership with other organizations. You may contact us for additional information; however, you must register through our partners if the camp is conducted in partnership with another organization. Enrollment in a camp is on a first come, first served basis.

 

2019 Camp Dates With Associated Partner Organization are:

June 17th to June 21st                       Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp

July 29th to August 2nd                   Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp 

August 5th to August 9th                  Carrboro Recreation & Parks                  Half-day Paddle Camp

August 12th to August 16th             Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp

August 19th to August 23rd            Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp

 

Carrboro Summer camp registration link:

www.carrbororec.org/373/Summer-Camps

 

Sat 10th Aug
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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: $40 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.

Sat 10th Aug
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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 10th Aug
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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.

Mon 12th Aug
to Fri 16th Aug
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Half-day Paddle Camps focus on developing paddling skills in recreational kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards.  Campers receive instruction in paddling technique, safety, and river navigation. We explore different sections of the Haw River throughout the week. Campers should leave with a much greater understanding of paddlesports and on water confidence.  Emphasis will be placed on teaching about conservation efforts designed to protect and preserve the Haw River for future generations.

 

Half-day Paddle Camp Fee:  $195/week

Half-day Paddle Camps are from 9:00AM until 1:00pm Monday through Friday.  Drop off and pick up locations will be at our main office in Saxapahaw, (6079 Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Road) unless the camp is conducted in cooperation with Carrboro Parks & Recreation in which case you must register through them and they will tell you the drop off and pick up locations.

Our camps are operated by The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. and offered in partnership with other organizations. You may contact us for additional information; however, you must register through our partners if the camp is conducted in partnership with another organization. Enrollment in a camp is on a first come, first served basis.

 

2019 Camp Dates With Associated Partner Organization are:

June 17th to June 21st                       Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp

July 29th to August 2nd                   Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp 

August 5th to August 9th                  Carrboro Recreation & Parks                  Half-day Paddle Camp

August 12th to August 16th             Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp

August 19th to August 23rd            Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp

 

Carrboro Summer camp registration link:

www.carrbororec.org/373/Summer-Camps

 

Sat 17th Aug
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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: $40 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.  Trip start time is 8PM.

We will meet at our main office in Saxapahaw.  6079 Swepsonville Saxapahaw road. We are in the basement of this building, our front doors face the river.

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Sun 18th Aug
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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:  $40.00 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.

Mon 19th Aug
to Fri 23rd Aug
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Half-day Paddle Camps focus on developing paddling skills in recreational kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards.  Campers receive instruction in paddling technique, safety, and river navigation. We explore different sections of the Haw River throughout the week. Campers should leave with a much greater understanding of paddlesports and on water confidence.  Emphasis will be placed on teaching about conservation efforts designed to protect and preserve the Haw River for future generations.

 

Half-day Paddle Camp Fee:  $195/week

Half-day Paddle Camps are from 9:00AM until 1:00pm Monday through Friday.  Drop off and pick up locations will be at our main office in Saxapahaw, (6079 Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Road) unless the camp is conducted in cooperation with Carrboro Parks & Recreation in which case you must register through them and they will tell you the drop off and pick up locations.

Our camps are operated by The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. and offered in partnership with other organizations. You may contact us for additional information; however, you must register through our partners if the camp is conducted in partnership with another organization. Enrollment in a camp is on a first come, first served basis.

 

2019 Camp Dates With Associated Partner Organization are:

June 17th to June 21st                       Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp

July 29th to August 2nd                   Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp 

August 5th to August 9th                  Carrboro Recreation & Parks                  Half-day Paddle Camp

August 12th to August 16th             Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp

August 19th to August 23rd            Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp

 

Carrboro Summer camp registration link:

www.carrbororec.org/373/Summer-Camps

 

Sat 24th Aug
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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: $40 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.

Sat 24th Aug
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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: $45 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.