5.5 miles, 3 to 4 hours
Class A flat water
Min. river level – none above Saxapahaw dam
Access points – easy
$40 per single kayak or stand up paddleboard, $50 per tandem canoe or tandem kayak
A leisurely day of paddling awaits beginner and experienced paddlers alike upriver of the dam on Saxapahaw Lake. This is a great introductory experience particularly for parents paddling with children. This is a loop trip ending at the same place where you begin.
Throughout the winter season The Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company will be offering a wide array of custom guided and self guided trips.
Experienced guides and staff members are available to lead groups down several different sections of the Haw River. Weather and water level permitting.
From simple day trips, extended overnight trips, private and group instruction, to class 1-2 sections of the Lower Haw River. We can tailor a program to fit your needs!
Self Guided trips will also be available if you are looking to get out on your own, depending on weather.
Call in today to speak with a staff member about what opportunities we have available, 336-260-6465
6079 Swepsonville Saxapahaw Road
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 colony. Decide whether or not it is better to just leave it alone.
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.
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.
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.