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 Trips | Self-serve | Special Events | Paddling Classes | Custom Trips |
|Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co.|
Sat 2nd Jun
5.5 miles, 3 to 4 hours
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.
Sat 2nd Jun
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 2nd Jun
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.
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.
Sat 2nd Jun
Spirit Island in the Haw River is located just downriver from a dam and powerhouse
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
Fee: $45 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.