The Haw River Paddler


“I have always liked Henrik Ibsen’s definition of hard work as ‘the creation of good on the planet’.  I’ve also found that the best work allows people to use all of their gifts for the common good.  We could define an authentic life as one in which one’s values and behaviors are congruent.  That is what the Buddhists call ‘right livelihood’, and that is the kind of work that makes most people happy.”  Mary Pipher


Annual Polar Bear Paddle Schedule for January 3, 2015

There is no better way to start the New Year off right then to get out on the river and enjoy what nature has to offer. It seems that at this time of year, most of us are making resolutions about how we want to make improvements in our lives. So, start the year off right doing what you love to do — paddling.

This annual tradition is always held the first Saturday in January, and is for those with a boat, paddling gear and the necessary clothing for cold weather paddling.

Fee: There is no trip fee, though registration is required.


Chatham County Line Newspaper

The Chatham County Line Newspaper will begin publishing articles about the Haw River with its February 2015 edition.  Articles will cover a variety of topics including paddling, natural history and cultural events.  We will also carry the articles in this blog.  If there is a particular topic you would like covered, please let us know by calling 336/260-6465 or sending us an e-mail message to


Upriver Outpost

By now, you may have experienced paddling out of our Bynum Outpost which was opened in 2013.  We are planning to open our Upriver Outpost this spring.  Both locations offer very different paddling experiences than what is offered out of our primary location in Saxapahaw, NC.  All three locations have both flatwater and whitewater paddling opportunities, and each features different natural habitats and historical sites.


Part-time Positions Available

Ever thought about being a guide?  Don’t think you have the training or experience, but would enjoy being out on the river and could use some extra income?  In order to meet our staffing needs for 2015 we need to employ more part-time guides.  We will be conducting guiding training in March.  There is no charge for the training, but we do hope you would approach the training with a sincere interest in becoming a guide and being part of our paddling staff.  If you would like more information, either give us a call at 336/260-6465 or send an e-mail message to admin@hawrivercanoe and request a job description.