Special Events

Great Blue on Haw by Elaine ChiossoWe provide a canoe or kayak, paddles, PFDs (personal floatation devices), shuttle service and at least one experienced guide/naturalist for all guided trips. These trips are good for paddlers of all skill levels who enjoy paddling with others to share the adventure. The guide will give a brief paddling and safety talk before each trip and can help you along the way. Advance registration is required for all guided trips.

Mother/Daughter Paddle

In need of some mother/daughter bonding time? The Haw River can be a great place to have an adventure to share and enjoy. In addition to developing paddling skills, the aim of this trip is to have fun, get some exercise and experience Nature together. No previous paddling experience necessary.

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

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Meditation & Mindfulness Paddle

Find peace and serenity that exists around us and within us while paddling on the Haw River. Meditation increases focus, calmness, patience, consciousness and clarity. It does not have to be about sitting for hours in an uncomfortable position. It can be a relaxing paddle and immersion in Nature. When we surrender through meditation, getting out of our heads and into our hearts, our life flows much easier – just like a river. Mindfulness is about living with awareness in the moment. Being in Nature is one way to become truly present in the moment, enjoying our surroundings and reducing stress or tension.

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

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  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google2:00 pm Sunday, 29 May 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google2:00 pm Saturday, 18 June 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google2:00 pm Sunday, 31 July 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google2:00 pm Saturday, 20 August 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google2:00 pm Sunday, 4 September 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google2:00 pm Saturday, 15 October 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google2:00 pm Saturday, 12 November 2016

Women’s River Social & Group

Beginner/first time paddlers are welcome and encouraged to join us! Come together with other women on this fun and supportive paddle while experiencing health benefits of canoeing and kayaking on the beautiful Haw River. Enjoy connection with Nature, community, inspiration, relaxation, renewal, fitness and empowerment . Trip ends with reflection and sharing while enjoying a healthy snack. This river group will continue to meet once or twice a month if interest persists.

Fee: $40 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $35 per person with your own boat.
*The fee includes a snack or beverage.

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  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google5:30 pm Friday, 22 July 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google5:30 pm Friday, 5 August 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google5:30 pm Friday, 9 September 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google5:30 pm Friday, 21 October 2016
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google5:30 pm Friday, 25 November 2016

Guest Appreciation Day

Each year we like to dedicate a day to say thank you to our paddling friends.  We begin with on-water paddling demonstrations followed by fun and educational events for both young and old.  There will be opportunities to try out and buy used canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards along with corresponding paddles and PFDs.  Bring any outdoor gear you would like to sell, swap or unload.

We will provide chili and ice tea.  Bring something-else to eat or drink to share with others.  The day will conclude with an early evening bonfire.

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  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google1:00 pm Saturday, 15 October 2016

Paddle Brunch

Weekends are for recharging the mind, body and spirit. What better way to do that than to eat a nutritious meal of locally-grown food prepared by folks who know how to make it delicious, then exercise the body and renew the spirit while paddling on the Haw River?
The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. has partnered with the Saxapahaw General Store and the Pittsboro Roadhouse to offer a relaxing brunch followed by a river trip. Getting in touch with our natural surroundings will be the focus of this 2.5 hour paddle.

Fee: $55 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $50 per person with your own boat.
*The fee includes brunch with beverage.

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Paddle Buffet

Like our popular Paddle Dinners, this afternoon guided river trip ends with guests sitting down together to enjoy a buffet meal. Designed to be less expensive than the Paddle Dinners, Paddle Buffets still feature the wonderful wines and great food from our partners.

Fee: $55 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $50 per person with your own boat.
*The fee includes a buffet meal and a glass of wine.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Paddle Dinner: Brewery Style

Want to have some fun, perhaps pick up a new skill and enjoy meeting new friends? What better way to top off a relaxing afternoon in nature than to share a wonderful meal with fellow paddlers? The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. has partnered with The Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw & the Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro to offer a unique experience, a Paddle Dinner with NC crafted beer. The river trip, enjoyed by paddlers of all skill levels, is a 2-3 hour scenic canoe and/or kayak trip with a naturalist. Immediately after the trip, guests sit down to a dinner with local NC beers. If you would like to meet new paddling friends, break bread together and enjoy a few beers, this is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and evening.

Fee: $85 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $80 per person with your own boat.
*The fee includes a dinner with beer pairings.

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Paddle Dinner: Wine Maker’s Dinner

Known for its importance as a refuge for animals and plants, and for the well being of humans that are nature deprived, the Haw River Valley is also an important agricultural region in the Piedmont of North Carolina. In recent years, grapes have begun taking the place of tobacco as a crop. The unique soils and climate of the Valley are proving to be a world-class region for growing grapes, and a number of award-winning artisan wineries and vineyards are located near the Haw River.

Recognizing the health benefits of wine and getting outdoors on the river, The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company has partnered with the Saxapahaw General Store and the Grove Vineyard & Winery to offer a unique experience, a Wine Maker’s Paddle Dinner. The river trip, enjoyed by paddlers of all skill levels, is a 2-3 hour scenic canoe and/or kayak trip with a naturalist. Following the trip, guests sit down to a dinner with wine.

Fee: $75 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $80 per person with your own boat.
*The fee includes a dinner with wine.

Dinner Provided By

Saxapahaw General Store

Main Dish: BBQ w/ Corn Bread, Beef Lasagna, Roasted Veggie Lasagna, Beef Stew, Braised Chicken, Red Beans & Rice, Veggie Curry (choice of one)

Side Dish: Brussel Sprouts, Green Beans, Collard Greens (choice of one)

Salad

Dessert: Assorted Cakes & Pies

Wine: Two Glasses (one glass from Grove Vineyards & Winery & one glass from a Non-local Source)

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Paddle & Patio Party

Grove imageA variation on our popular paddle dinner. Enjoy a leisurely two to three hour paddle on the Upper Haw River. This afternoon guided river trip ends with a visit to Grove Vineyards & Winery, where guests sit back and enjoy a Patio Pizza Party with a dinner consisting of pizza, salad and a beverage of your choice. A relaxing afternoon on the water followed by a memorable winery experience is a wonderful way to spend a day.

Fee: $60 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $55 per person with your own boat.
*The fee includes the pizza dinner and a glass of wine or beverage of your choice.

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  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google2:00 pm Sunday, 11 September 2016

Pumpkin Paddle

Both the Villages of Bynum and Saxapahaw have Halloween traditions.  Before launching at either Village, your carved pumpkin is attached to each boat and either a candle or a glow stick placed in each pumpkin provides illumination. For those not accustomed to paddling in the dark, a night-time paddle is a truly unique and special experience.
After a magical time on the water, participants can either enjoy a walk on the pedestrian bridge in Bynum which is lined the entire way with artistically carved and lighted pumpkins or for those padding in Saxapahaw, enjoy a riverside bonfire.

Fee: $35 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $30 per person with your own boat.
*bring your own carved pumpkin.

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  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google6:00 pm Monday, 31 October 2016

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 guides lead a “women only” group. The goal is to become rejuvenated through movement on the water, observing nature and enjoying a relaxing post-paddle social.
The 2.5-hour river trip begins while egrets and great blue herons begin their evening rest, and concludes with a glass of wine, light fare, a dessert treat and a relaxing 10-minute chair massage by licensed massage therapists. It’s a unique trip designed by women for women.

Fee: $65 per person with a canoe/kayak provided, $60 per person with your own boat.

Light Fare Provided By

Saxapahaw General Store

Main Dish w/bread: Roasted Veggie Lasagna, Chicken Strudel, Red Beans & Rice (choice of one)

Salad

Dessert: Assorted Cake, Pie or Cookies

Class of Wine

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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.

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  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google2:00 pm Sunday, 26 June 2016
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  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google2:00 pm Sunday, 23 October 2016