The Haw River Paddler


“Buddhism is one of the few religious and philosophical systems on a world scale that asserts the ethical value of the nonhuman.  What Buddhism contributes to environmental politics is a profound spirit of compassion.  In the Buddhist’s view, everything in the world has value, has authenticity.  Ultimately, this goes beyond humans and animals and is an attitude of regard toward rocks, plants and clouds.  Do you objectify and commodify the world when you look at it?  Or do you see it as worthy, as beautiful, as full of its own intrinsic value?”  Gary Snyder

Winter Offerings for 2014

We stop putting folks on the Haw River during the winter, but that doesn’t mean we don’t offer paddling experiences at this time of the year.  We have whitewater rolling classes every Wednesday evening from 7:00 till 8:30 p.m.  This year, we will also offer weekend overnight paddling trips:  January 25 & 26 (Roanoke River Swamps Bed & Breakfast), February 22 & 23 (Black River Canoe/Kayak Camping) and March 29 & 30 (Bear Island Sea Kayak Camping).  If interested, give us a call at 336/260-6465 or send us an e-mail message to  We have more information on this trips posted on our website under the headings Paddle Trips-Guided Trips-Multi-day Trips.

By the way, even though we are not always in the office during winter months, we do return e-mail messages and phone calls; just not as promptly as we do during our regular season.

Two New Safety-related Courses to be Offered in 2014

Two new safety-related courses will be offered each quarter in 2014; First Aid & CPR and River Safety.  The first aid & CPR course is basically the American Red Cross course and is appropriate for anyone who wants to be prepared in case of an emergency.  The River Safety course is a must for anyone who has a desire to paddle whether it is by canoe or kayak.  It is a basic course that includes both self and assisted rescue and takes place in classroom, outdoor and pool environments.  Dates for both courses have not been determined but will be posted on both our website and Facebook pages.

River Clean-up in March – Volunteers Needed

For the past eight years, we have participated in the Haw River Assembly’s annual Clean-Up-A-Thon.  Like in past years, we will make canoes available for free to anyone wanting to volunteer their time with us to clean up the Haw River either near Saxapahaw or Spirit Island.  This 3-hour effort will take place on March 15th.  To help, either gives us a call at 336/260-6465 or register online at our website.  Just go to and put your cursor over the word Reservations on the home page.  A drop down menu will appear.  Click on Registration Form, fill out the required fields and hit send.  We will follow up with an acknowledgement that we have received your reservation.  Thanks for volunteering.  It does make a difference.