Rental Trips

Canoeing from Red Slide Park by SilenteyeRental 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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Rental Trip Availability

The Haw River is a naturally running river. This means there needs to be rain in the watershed to guarantee downriver, whitewater trips. When there hasn’t been recent rain, it is the water impounded behind the dams at Bynum and Saxapahaw that enables us to consistently run flat-water river trips. It is difficult to guarantee what rental trips we have available on any given day (due to water levels), so it is best to call and ask what we have available.

Trips that are almost always available include:

Saxapahaw Lake and upriver
Weekend start times for this trip are 10:00 am, Noon and 2:00 pm.
During weekdays this trip can go out anytime between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Boats must be back by 5:00 pm.

Single kayaks, stand up paddleboards, tandem kayaks, and tandem canoes are available for this section of river.

Bynum Upriver (based out of our Bynum Outpost at the 15-501 paddle access on the Haw River) – Weekend start times for this trip are 10:00 am, Noon and 2:00 pm.
During weekdays this trip is available only by advanced request.

Single kayaks, tandem kayaks, and canoes are available for this section of river.

Swepsonville River Park to Saxapahaw Lake
Weekend start times for this trip are 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.
Advanced registration is preferred. We need at least an hour notice to add guests onto this trip. If you would like to go on the 11:00 am trip, it is highly recommended that you register at least the day before.
When we have had enough rain in the watershed to offer whitewater river trips, we only provide Sit-On- Top kayaks.
Please disregard the schedule below that shows the start time of 9:00 am. and feel free to call and ask what rental trips are available, and when they go out.

single kayaks, tandem kayaks, and canoes are available for this section of river.

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The Haw River Paddler

“Out of the millions of spheres in the universe, the one we call Earth is ours ….  We live here.  That places a responsibility on us.”  Sinio Esteve

 

JORDAN LAKE, NC – Educational Event

On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, when the lake is likely to be pack full of visitors, non-profit groups hosted a media event at Jordan Lake. The groups spoke to their concerns of what happens to the lake if rules that have already been delayed that are intended to improve the water quality of the impaired waterway, are never implemented.  Speakers at the event were available for interview by several TV stations after the event.

The location provided a great view of the lake.  The event was coordinated by the NC Sierra Club, the Haw River Assembly, Environment North Carolina, and WakeUP Wake County.  

 Background information on the Jordan Lake Rules:

Jordan Lake is the drinking water resource for 300,000 North Carolinians.  Rapid population growth, expanding sprawl, and agricultural pollution have lead to dangerous levels of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the lake.  The Environmental Management Commission first adopted rules to clean up Jordan Lake in 2008.  In 2009, the legislature passed compromise legislation to reduce upstream pollution and clean up the lake. Upstream developers and municipalities continue to fight these rules while other communities complied in good faith.  The North Carolina Senate recently voted to eliminate the rules.  The House is now considering doing the same.

Note:  The above information was taken from a press release by Dustin Chicurel-Bayard, Communications Director for the North Carolina Sierra Club.HRCK Logo small

Bynum Downriver Paddle

4.0 miles, 3 to 4 hours
Class I-II rapids
Min. river level – 3.5′ Bynum gauge (340 cfs)
Access points – easy
$40 per single sit-on-top kayak

This whitewater stretch of the Haw River flows through the Lower Haw River State Natural Area which is approximately 1,000 acres in size and extends on both sides of the river from Bynum to Highway 64 in Chatham County.  Long popular with hikers and canoeists, the Lower Haw River State Natural area is remarkable for its steep slopes, large trees and rock outcrops.  Preservation of the natural area aids in the protection of water quality which is critical to at least two endangered species, the Cape Fear shiner and Septima’s clubtail dragonfly.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Bynum Upriver Paddle – short trip

3.0 miles, 1 to 3 hours
Class A flat water
Min. river level – none above 15-501 dam
Access points – moderate
$30 per single kayak or stand up paddleboard, $40 per tandem canoe or tandem kayak

An easy, short paddle for beginners and experienced paddlers upriver of the dam at Bynum.  This is a great introductory experience particularly for parents paddling with small children. This is a loop trip ending at the same place where you begin.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Explore Saxapahaw – Weekend Getaways

Escape the stress of busy schedules and experience the quiet, historic village of Saxapahaw with all-inclusive getaway packages for couples, groups and corporate retreats. You relax while we handle all of the details which include lodging at River Landing Inn, a comfortable, four-room bed-and-breakfast, dining at The Eddy, wine tasting at the award-winning Benjamin Vineyards and Winery and nature-based paddling with The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co.
Specially-designed weekends help couples rejuvenate their relationships or anyone to get away for a much-needed period of relaxation. Customized corporate retreats combine comfortable meeting space, wine-and-cheese breaks and teambuilding activities with escapes onto the river and other amenities.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Home School Education Trips

Whether your child’s interest is environmental science, biology, geography, history, economics or math, the Haw River is an ideal place to develop new knowledge and apply information gained from independent study to real-life situations.
Expedition-based education from The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. requires students to research a topic of personal interest and then make a presentation on what they learned during an outdoor, recreational expedition lasting from a few hours to several days.


Below is a detailed description of our expedition-based education for home-schoolers.

Homeschool expedition based education

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Bynum Upriver Paddle – half day

4.0 miles, 3 to 4 hours
Class A flat water
Min. river level – none above 15-501 dam
Access points – moderate
$40 per single kayak or stand up paddleboard, $50 per tandem canoe or tandem kayak

Flat-water upriver of the dam in Bynum is especially well suited for both beginner paddlers and anyone interested in nature. Parents paddling with small children find the experience particularly gratifying.  This is a loop trip ending at the same place where you begin.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

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.

Graham Landing to Swepsonville River Park

2.1 miles, 1 hour
Class I+ rapids
Min. river level – 2′ Haw River gauge (200 cfs)
Access points – easy
$30 per single kayak, $40 per tandem canoe or tandem kayak

This trip is best for those interested in a little excitement. Class I and class I+ rapids cause the paddler to negotiate both natural and man-made objects.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Greater Alamance Creek Paddle

2.7 miles, 1 hour
Class A flat water
Min. river level – none above Puryear dam
Access points – easy
$30 per single kayak, $40 per tandem canoe or tandem kayak

Great for beginning paddlers and anyone who likes the feel of a remote, intimate river, this trip offers gentle flowing water, steep wooded slopes and unsuspecting birds and wildlife.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Old Greensboro Rd. to Chicken Bridge Rd.

5.5 miles, 3 hours
Class I-II rapids
Min. river level – 2.3′ Haw River gauge (250 cfs)
Access points – easy
$40 per single sit-on-top kayak

There are many class I rapids and enough class II rapids to make this remote section of river both relaxing and exciting. Like the area upriver of the put-in, the river is particularly beautiful with lots of birds and wildlife to observe.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Red Slide Park to Graham Landing

3.2 miles, 1 to 3 hours
Class I+ rapids
Min. river level – 2′ Haw River gauge (200 cfs)
Access points – easy
$30 per single kayak, $40 per tandem canoe or tandem kayak

Great for beginning paddlers and anyone interested in nature, this trip features easy paddling and opportunities to watch birds and wildlife.

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.

Red Slide Park to Swepsonville River Park

5.2 miles, 3 to 4 hours
Class I+ rapids
Min. river level – 2′ Haw River gauge (200 cfs)
Access points – easy
$40 per single kayak, $50 per tandem canoe or tandem kayak

This trip is best for those with some previous paddling experience. Class I and class I+ rapids add to the excitement of paddling this stretch of river. Birds and wildlife are easy to observe.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Saxapahaw Lake & Upriver – short trip

3 miles, 1 to 3 hours
Class A flat water
Min. river level – none above Saxapahaw dam
Access points – easy
$30 per single kayak or stand up paddleboard, $40 per tandem canoe or tandem kayak

A leisurely short paddle awaits beginner and experienced paddlers alike upriver of the dam in Saxapahaw. 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.

THE SHUTTLE FOR THIS TRIP WILL LEAVE OUR OFFICE AT 10AM, 12PM, AND 2PM DURING THE WEEKENDS.
FOR WEEKDAYS PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL FOR AVAILABILITY.
336-260-6465
Admin@hawrivercanoe.com

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Saxapahaw Lake & Upriver – half day

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.

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.

Saxapahaw Mill Race to Old Greensboro Rd.

5.5 miles, 3 hours
Class I-II rapids
Min. river level – 2.3′ Haw River gauge (250 cfs)
Access points – moderate
$40 per single sit-on-top kayak

The many class I rapids and the long, beautiful class II rapid make this section of the river both fun and exciting, while surrounding mature floodplain forests make it a particularly beautiful stretch of river, rich with birds and wildlife.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Shallow Ford Natural Area to Indian Valley

5.2 miles, 3 to 4 hours
Class I rapids
Min. river level – 2′ Haw River gauge (200 cfs)
Access points – easy, portage – easy
$40 per single kayak, $50 per tandem canoe or tandem kayak

Originating from the 192-acre riverside park in northeastern Alamance County, this river trip is good for the beginner paddler and anyone who enjoys a remote, intimate river experience. Near the end of the trip, paddlers must carry around, not paddle over, the low-head dam at Indian Valley.

 

This trip is available by special request only.

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.

Swepsonville River Park to Saxapahaw Lake

4.7 miles, 3 to 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

Enjoyed by inexperienced and experienced paddlers alike, this trip offers a variety of flatwater river conditions and landscapes, along with the opportunity to watch birds and wildlife. There is one easy portage around the Puryear Dam in Swepsonville at the beginning of this trip.

THE SHUTTLE FOR THESE TRIPS LEAVES AT 9AM, 11AM, AND 1PM DURING THE WEEKENDS
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL FOR AVAILABILITY DURING THE WEEK
336-260-6465
Admin@hawrivercanoe.com

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.