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Epic Overnight

Epic Overnight

Epic Overnight - the name says it all - it's epic!!

Canoe camping is THE untapped source for outdoor fun. Try this once and you’ll be hooked! This 2 day, 1 night trip starts 15 miles up the river from our office at the old, retired Buckhorn Dam. Paddle down 9 miles from the put-in and camp at Raven Rock’s secluded canoe-in campground. Your second day will see you down 6 more miles of river to our office in Lillington. You can skip the camping making it a full day trip. Our shuttle will bring your group, boats and equipment to the starting point at Buckhorn Dam.
Please visit the Raven Rock State Park website or call (877) 722-6762 to make reservations for canoe-in campground. Reservations are required by the State Park. There are only 6 campsites, so please plan ahead...

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Trip Cost Prices are per boat and include paddles, life jackets, and shuttle service

Trip Schedule

All overnight trips start the first thing in the morning!
Please arrive at our office promptly as following:
Monday-Friday: 10am
Saturday or Sunday: 9am
These are the only times available for this trip. We are not able to wait for you if you are late!

Reservation with Raven Rock State Park

You must make a separate reservation with Raven Rock State Park for canoe-in camp site. Please visit their website for more info. They offer only 6 canoe-in campsites. It is a good idea to make sure they have availability before booking your trip with us.
The cost for campsites is $10 per night + $3 booking fee.

Trip Preparation

What to wear

Dress for the weather and try to layer your clothing. Keep in mind that cotton takes longer to dry out than synthetic fiber clothing (i.e.: polyester, nylon, polypropylene). This is more important if you’re paddling in cold water and weather. During summer months, special moisture wicking clothing is not as important. Also, keep in mind the sun. Some folks choose to wear long sleeve clothing, while others opt out for sunscreen. If you have paddling booties or water shoes, that’s wonderful! Or you can wear old gym shoes. Or strap-on outdoor activity sandals like Keen, Chaco, or Teva. Flip-flops are not recommended because they will not protect your feet in the event of a boat turn over and they could get lost.

What to bring

Overnight trips will take a little more planning than other trips. Here are some suggested items to help you prepare:
  • Water - 1 gallon per person
  • Food (day 1 - lunch and dinner; day 2 - breakfast)
    Some food ideas: nuts, fruits, canned fish, nutritious bars, instant basic soups is a good addition on a cooler night
  • Tent or hammock
  • Sleeping bag (might be unnecessary on warmer summer nights)
  • Optional sleeping pad
  • Optional stove and pot to boil water
  • Spork (or just fork or spoon)
  • Flashlight
  • Knife
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Optional spare clothing in case your get wet
Please note: This is a very brei list to be used only as a starting guide to your packing list, but keep in mind it is very easy to over pack. Please give us a call with any questions about items you plan to bring. We are always happy to help!

The Trip Day

Where to go

Arrive at our main office located at:


100 South Main St.
Lillington, NC 27546

If using GPS:
- Include South in the street name
- Make sure you are being directed to Lillington, not Buies Creek!

We are located next door to Howard's Barbeque, right by the river

When to arrive

Please arrive at the time you scheduled your trip. For example, if you schedule your trip at 10am, that's the time you need to arrive at our office. You can expect to be on the water within 30 minutes or less after we do all the necessary steps prior to your outing (see below).

Liability forms

Every participant must fill out a Liability waiver form prior to their trip. Participants 18 years and older have to fill out an individual form, while minors (17 and under) must be included on parent or guardian form in the designated section. You will need your Booking ID before you can complete this form.

Payments

If you are making your reservation online, then you will prepay online and there is nothing else to do upon arrival in that regard. If you haven't made a reservation online (that we strongly suggest) then we will collect your payment at that time either via credit or debit card or cash.

Trip Outfitting

Use this time to get your necessary items you are bringing along on the trip, including putting on sunscreen, getting your water and snacks, locking up cars, etc. Out office sells bottled water, sunscreen and other items for your convenience! During that time we will get your boats, paddles, life jackets and any other supplies ready for your trip.

Trip Briefing

Every person has to be briefed about their trip. We'll talk to you about general river rules, safety, and about your particular trip to ensure you know what to expect while on the river.

Out to the water

At this point you will walk down to the water which is about 150 yards away from our office. Typically, we will have boats ready for you by the water. We will help you load any of your accessories and help you launch. From here you are on your own to enjoy beautiful scenery, and have an amazing time!

Trip F.A.Q.

We suggest you have some paddling experience for a 2 day trip. We want to ensure you know what you are getting yourself in to! It is a great trip, but if you have never paddled before 2 day commitment might become too much…
No. But being in a good physical shape goes a long way. Using your best judgement is the key. We give you pointers and best practices upon request as a part of your briefing, but when the time comes you are the one to decide how to handle every rapid and every situation.
Maybe! The river is unpredictable and there is always a possibility of capsizing. You must be prepared for it, dress and gear up accordingly.
8 years old.
We know some folks are inseparable from their 4 legged friends and taking them camping might sound like a great idea. However, over the years we have learned that majority of the dogs don't do good in boats. Your <i>friend</i> <b>must</b> have prior experience riding in a boat for us to let them on.
Yes, BUT… Responsible, moderate consumption is strongly enforced. You are not allowed to have alcohol beverages in the State Park. All North Carolina and Waterways laws apply and are closely monitored by local and Wildlife Law Enforcement.
Canoes have plenty of storage. You can bring cooler, backpack or other accessories along the way. Kayaks however, have limited storage. Smaller backpack would fit ok, but not much more than that. Keep in mind that more stuff you have lower the boat seats making it so much more less efficient paddling and going over rapids.
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