Overnight Trips

Canoe Camping by SilenteyeOvernight Rental trips include a canoe or kayak, paddles, PFDs (personal floatation devices) and shuttle service. You provide all your own camping equipment. 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.

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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.

Spirit Island Campout

9 miles, overnight camping
Class A flat water
Min. river level – none above Saxapahaw dam
Access points – easy
$60 per canoe for the first day, $30 for the second day
$10 per person per night camping fee or $50 per platform for up to six people

Need to get away for the weekend, but don’t want to go too far from home? Spirit Island, reached by a segment of river without rapids, is an ideal place to shed the stresses of an urban lifestyle and enjoy isolation, beautiful scenery and plenty of birds and wildlife.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.