Full Day Trips

Kayaking by Monique DeLatourRental trips include a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, paddles, PFDs (personal floatation devices) and shuttle service. Visit the Choosing a Trip page for guidance in deciding which trip would be best for your group. We add trips to our Paddle Calendar as they are requested on a first come, first serve basis. Walk-ins are welcome but it is always best to register in advance to reserve your boats. Trip availability also depends on current river levels.

All Rental trips are also available as guided trips with an additional fee of $5 per person. (4 person minimum)

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Glencoe River Park to Graham Landing

8 miles, 4.5 hours
Class I-II rapids
Min. river level – 2.5′ Haw River gauge (280 cfs)
Access points – easy
$50 per single sit-on-top kayak

The first half of this trip offers exciting class I and class II rapids as the river flows through urban and industrial areas. The second half of this trip offers a more remote paddling experience with gently, flowing water and lots of birds and wildlife.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Glencoe River Park to Swepsonville River Park

10 miles, 5 hours
Class I-II rapids
Min. river level – 2.5′ Haw River gauge (280 cfs)
Access points – easy
$50 per single sit-on-top kayak

This paddling experience offers class I and class II rapids during the first third of the trip, remote flatwater for the second third of the trip and ends with class I and class I+ rapids during the final third of the trip.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Graham Landing to Saxapahaw Lake

8 miles, 4.5 hours
Class I+ rapids
Min. river level – 2′ Haw River gauge (200 cfs)
Access points – easy, portage – easy
$50 per single kayak, $60 per tandem canoe or tandem kayak

This trip is best for those with previous paddling experience who want more time on the water. Paddlers maneuver through both natural and man-made objects and enjoy opportunities to watch birds and wildlife. There is one easy portage around the Puryear Dam in Swepsonville on this trip.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Red Slide Park to Saxapahaw Lake

11 miles, 6.5 hours
Class I+ rapids
Min. river level – 2′ Haw River gauge (200 cfs)
Access points – easy, portage easy
$50 per single kayak, $60 per tandem canoe or tandem kayak
$30 per kayak or canoe for second day
$10 per person per night camping fee or $50 per platform for up to six people

This trip is best for anyone wanting a weekend overnight canoe camping trip that offers different river conditions, including class I and class I+ rapids, different forests and landscape types, solitude, an isolated campsite on Spirit Island and many opportunities to watch birds and wildlife. This trip can also be done in a day if started early in the day. There is one easy portage around the Puryear Dam in Swepsonville on this trip.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Saxapahaw Lake & Upriver – full day

9 miles, 5 hours
Class A flat water
Min. river level – none above Saxapahaw dam
Access points – easy
$50 per single kayak or stand up paddleboard, $60 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.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Saxapahaw Mill Race to Chicken Bridge Rd.

11 miles, 6 hours
Class I-II rapids
Min. river level – 2.3′ Haw River gauge (250 cfs)
Access points – moderate
$50 per single sit-on-top kayak

This trip is perfect for anyone wanting a longer and exciting whitewater experience coupled with beautiful, remote scenery and lots of birds and wildlife.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.