Paddle Trips

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: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Greater Alamance Creek to Saxapahaw Lake

6.5 miles, 4 hours
Class A flat water
Min. river level – none between Puryear dam & Saxapahaw dam
Access points – easy, portage – easy
$40 per single kayak, $50 per tandem canoe or tandem kayak

Greater Alamance Creek offers paddlers a remote setting with lots of birds and wildlife. An even greater variety and abundance of birds and wildlife is available to see as the paddler continues downriver to Saxapahaw Lake. There is one easy portage around the Puryear Dam in Swepsonville on this trip.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

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: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Women’s Evening Paddle

Sometimes, you need to escape the stress of busy schedules, get away from it all and enjoy a peaceful, refreshing evening. That’s the idea behind the Women’s Evening Paddle, where your female river guide leads a “women only” group. The goal is to become rejuvenated through movement on the water, observing nature and enjoying the river in a group setting.

This 2.5-hour river trip begins while egrets and great blue herons begin their evening rest, and concludes with time to discuss what is important in life. It’s a unique trip designed by women for women.   After paddling, guests will find several great venues in our small village to enjoy a post paddle meal, drink, or social!

Fee: $35 per person with a canoe/kayak provided, $30 per person with your own boat.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Fundamentals of Whitewater Canoeing

This weekend introductory course in the basics of whitewater canoeing stresses technique, safety and enjoyment. Instruction is designed to provide both an understanding of the principals of canoeing in class II whitewater and an opportunity to develop skill through practice. You will learn about equipment, strokes, whitewater maneuvers (e.g., upstream and downstream ferries, eddy turns and peel-outs), river reading, safety, rescue techniques and knot tying. You will also have an opportunity to paddle both solo and in tandem. If the opportunity presents itself, we will take time to observe wildlife.

Fee: $165 per person.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Couple’s Afternoon Pub Paddle

Sit-On-Top KayakersEscape the stress of busy schedules and get away for a peaceful afternoon. That’s the idea behind the Couple’s Afternoon Pub Paddle.  The goal is to recharge your batteries, observe nature and enjoy a relaxing post-paddle social.
The 2.5-hour river trip begins in early-afternoon and concludes with beer and snacks.  It’s a unique trip designed just for couples.

Fee: $55 per person with a canoe/kayak provided, $50 per person with your own boat.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Saxapahaw Lake & Upriver – half day

5.5 miles, 3 hours
$40 per single kayak
$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.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

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: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

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: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

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: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Summer Adventure Camp – Full Day

 

Summer Adventure Camps are designed to engage campers with the outdoors through different on-water and on-land activities. In addition to time spent paddling canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards, we hike different sections of trail along the Haw River throughout the week. Campers learn outdoor living skills such as orienteering, fire building, shelter-building, and flora/fauna identification. Strong emphasis is spent on developing teamwork and confidence as campers participate through games and exercises throughout the week.

Full-day Adventure Camp Fee:  $250/week per child

Full-day camps run 9am to 5pm. Drop off and Pick up location will be at our main office in Saxapahaw, (6079 Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Road)

Please feel free to call or email (admin@hawrivercanoe.com) for any additional information about our camps, or register online if you feel you have enough information. Enrollment in a camp is on a first come, first served basis.

2019 Available Camp dates Include:

 

June 24th to June 28th       The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co.          Full-day Adventure Camp  

July 8th  to   July 12th          The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co.          Full-day Adventure Camp 

July 15th  to    July 19th         The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co.          Full-day Adventure Camp 

July 22nd to July 26th          The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co.           Full-day Adventure Camp 

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Summer Paddle Camp – Half Day

 

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 location will be at our main office in Saxapahaw, (6079 Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Road)

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, must register through our partners. Enrollment in a camp is on a first come, first served basis.

 

Camp dates and the associated partner organization are:

July 23rd to July 27th                        Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp

July 30th to August 3rd                    Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp 

August 6th to August 10th              Carrboro Recreation & Parks                  Half-day Paddle Camp

August 13th to August17th             Carrboro Recreation & Parks                 Half-day Paddle Camp           

 

Carrboro Summer camp registration link:

http://www.carrbororec.org/373/Summer-Camps

 

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.

Haw River Paddler April 2012

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” 

Albert Einstein

Table of Contents: 

• River Tales – A Lecture Series Partnership

• Paddling and Adventure Camps This Summer

• Check-out Our New Website in April

• Schedule of Courses & Trips – April & May 2012

• Brevard College’s Voice of the Rivers 2012

• YEE HAW! River Paddle and Eastbound & Downriver Race

River Tales – A Lecture Series Partnership 

We are very excited by the fact that Anne Cassebaum, author of “Down Along the Haw: The History of a North Carolina River, is our first presenter in the River Tales Lecture Series offered in partnership by The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. and Cup 22. Anne’s lecture, entitled “Haw River Revival: A River in Recovery”, will be presented in the Haw River Ballroom starting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. We will have copies of Anne’s book available for purchase. The lecture is free to the public.

Paddling and Adventure Camps This Summer 

Beginning the week of June 11, 2012, we are offering eight weeks of week-long, half-day Paddling Camps and week-long, full-day Adventures Camps aimed at kids 8-11 and kids 12-15. Paddling Camps will emphasize basic paddling skills and include a variety of fun, on-water games.

Adventure Camps include the morning Paddling Camps and afternoon teambuilding, hiking and outdoor skills activities. For more information or to register for a Camp, contact us at 336/260-6465 or send us an e-mail message to info@ hawrivercanoe.com.

Check-out Our New Website in April 

Right now, when you find us at www.hawrivercanoe.com, you are looking at our 2011 site with an updated 2012 calendar. By April 1, our new site will be up and running and will look very different. We hope you like it.

We believe the new website will be more attractive and easier to use. It will contain basically the same information as the 2011 site with the addition of information about our summer camps. For us, the main difference between the two website is that with the new site we will be able to keep it up-to-date in-house.

Schedule of Courses & Trips – April & May 2012 

The 2012 Schedule of all our guided paddle trips and paddling courses can be found under both the Instruction and Guided Trips headings on our website. You can always contact us to rent a canoe or kayak and do a self-guided trip. 

We will update the HRCK schedule with Rental Trips as they are reguested.

March 

31 Women’s Evening Paddle – Benjamin Vineyards & Winery

April 

1 Paddle Brunch – Saxapahaw General Store

6 Full Moon Paddle

8 Sunset Paddle

14 Canoe & Kayak Classes

Quick Start for Kayak (3 hrs.)

Introduction to River Kayaking (8 hrs.)

Quick Start for Canoe (3 hrs.)

Introduction to River Canoeing (8 hrs.)

15 Sunrise Paddle

21 Canoe & Kayak Classes

Quick Start for Canoe/Carrboro Recreation & Parks

21 Stargazing Paddle

22 Owl Prowl

28 Paddle Dinner – Benjamin Vineyards & Winery

29 Photography Paddle

May 

4 Full Moon Paddle

5 YEE HAW! River Paddle & Race

Haw River Festival

6 Paddle Brunch – Saxapahaw General Store

12 Photography Paddle – Chatham Conservation Partnership

12 Family Paddle – Carrboro Recreation & Parks

13 Sunrise Paddle

13 Paddle Dinner – Grove Vineyards & Winery

19 Canoe & Kayak Classes

Quick Start for Kayak (3 hrs.)

Introduction to River Kayaking (8 hrs.)

Quick Start for Canoe (3 hrs.)

Introduction to River Canoeing (8 hrs.)

19 Stargazing Paddle

26 Sunset Paddle

27 Picnic & Paddle

Brevard College’s Voice of the Rivers 2012 

Beginning in April, students from Brevard College will float the Haw River down to its junction with the Deep River, and from there, on down the Cape Fear River to Wilmington. The students will be led by Professor Clyde Carter who has led previous classes down the French Broad River to New Orleans via the Mississippi River.

Clyde came to Saxapahaw in March to meet us and learn more about the logistics involved in their upcoming four-week adventure. His class will stop in Saxapahaw for a discussion of what the river has meant to the Village in the past and how it relates to the Village today.

YEE HAW! River Paddle and Eastbound & Downriver Race 

The Fifth Annual YEE HAW! River Paddle is scheduled this year for May 5, 2012. It will again be held in conjunction with the Haw River Assembly and the Village of Saxapahaw for a day-long river celebration of fun, friendship, food and music. Like last year, the Eastbound and Down River Race will take place, and the family paddle will be brought back from past years.

Full event details and registration will be available April 1st on www.thehaw. org/yeehaw.

Custom Trips & Courses Available

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

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Private Canoe Instruction

We offer one-on-one instruction for individuals looking to acquire canoeing skills in a private setting.  From beginner flatwater canoeing to advanced whitewater canoeing, instruction will be tailored to the individual.  The instructor will emphasize water safety and correct paddling technique.

Fee: $60 per person for 1.5 hours of private instruction.

Next dates: Please call 336-260-6465 to check availbility for this trip.