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.

Meteor Shower Paddle

The Perseid Meteor Shower is a “river of rubble” leftover front the Swift-Tuttle comet. Every year in July and August the Earth’s orbit passes by this river, creating a display of shooting stars for us to enjoy. Leave the lights of the city for a chance to see the radiance of the Perseid Meteor Shower from the seat of a kayak or canoe in the middle of the Haw River.

We will leave at 10pm, as the meteors are better seen late at night.  As the meteors are entering our atmosphere at speeds of up to 37 miles per second we will paddle around at a relaxed pace to enjoy the night sounds and the show. Eventually, we will “raft-up” and lay back to fully take in our surroundings and maybe make a few wishes on some shooting stars.

Limited space available. Reservations required. Register online or call (336/260-6465) to complete your reservation for this 2-3 hour event!

Trip Fee: $35 per participant.  Single kayaks, double kayak, and canoes are available.

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

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, 13 October 2018

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 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.

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

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 Reverence Farm 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, $70 per person with your own boat.
*The fee includes a dinner with wine.

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

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 Saturday, 21 April 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google2:00 pm Sunday, 3 June 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google2:00 pm Saturday, 8 September 2018

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 Saturday, 20 October 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google6:00 pm Wednesday, 31 October 2018

River Clean-Up Paddle

Over the course of a year, trash builds up along riverbanks and in log piles — causing a hazard to fish and wildlife and spoiling the natural beauty of our waterways. To do our part in cleaning up the Haw River, The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company sponsors three annual cleanups: March’s “Cleanup-A-Thon,” June’s “National Rivers Cleanup Day” and September’s “Big Sweep Cleanup.” Each is focused on a different stretch of river.

Canoes are provided at no charge for those participants who do not have a boat, and private boaters are encouraged to participate as well. We will help them shuttle their boats and equipment. All of the trash collected will be either recycled, if possible, or brought to a landfill by The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company.

Fee: There is no trip fee, though registration is required.
*You are expected to collect at least one large trash bag of garbage per person and clean your boat.

River Clean-up Tips from the Haw River Assembly

Safety First:  Always wear puncture-proof gloves to pick up broken glass and sharp or rusted metal.  Make sure all children are safe and closely supervised.

Slippery slopes:  Be aware of muddy areas, slippery rocks and other places where you could fall.

Recycling:  Many cans and bottles near or in the river may be too dirty to recycle and must be trashed.  Use your judgment as to whether or not to recycle.

Trash Habitats:  Sometimes trash that has been in the woods or river for a long time has become habitat for an animal or insect colonyDecide whether or not it is better to just leave it alone.

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  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google9:00 am Sunday, 16 September 2018

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.

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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 google11:00 am Sunday, 17 June 2018
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  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google11:00 am Sunday, 23 September 2018
  • Subscribe to eventAdd event to google11:00 am Sunday, 21 October 2018