Cape Fear River Adventures shop in Lillington, NC



Frequently Asked Questions


We offer river tubing, kayak rental, canoe rental and paddle board rental covering 25-miles of the river. We also teach kayak and paddle board classes, offer paddle board yoga, whitewater rafting and whitewater kayaking when conditions are right.
Of course! Every kayaker had their first kayak trip, we hope we can accommodate yours! We provide safety and river brief for every participant. We also offer quick kayaking tutorial upon request to get you started. Leisure Paddle and Easy Paddle are good trips to consider.
Various trips have different age limit: Leisure Paddle, Easy Paddle, and Lazy River Tubing minimum age is 3 years old. 10 Mile Challenge and Epic Overnight minimum age is 8 years old.
Weight limit on our kayaks is 250lb per person.
Weight limit on our canoes is 250lb per person.
Weight limit on our paddle boards (SUP) is 220lb per person.
We promote healthy living and healthy enjoyment of the great outdoors! Alcohol is not recommended to have an amazing time on the river, however if you must… Responsible, moderate consumption is strongly enforced. All North Carolina and Waterways laws apply and are closely monitored by local and Wildlife Law Enforcement. ABSOLUTELY NO GLASS CONTAINERS OR LIQUOR, it's one of the state laws!
1-person kayaks will support only 1 person. 2-person kayaks will support 2 people.
Our canoes are designed for 2 people and they have 2 seats. You can have up to 2 small children as riders on Hourly Rentals or Easy Paddle. A total weight of riders should not exceed 100lb. Riders sit on the bottom of a canoe.
Dogs are allowed but not recommended. If your furry friend has never been in a boat, you might find yourself fighting to keep your pup onboard instead of enjoying the day ;) Only dogs with prior boating experience are allowed on 10 Mile Challenge and Epic Overnight.
Yes, the Cape Fear River has a widely diverse natural habitat that is teeming with wildlife including snakes. They are mostly non-aggressive type, but we ask you to respect wildlife and keep your distance. Checking your surroundings while on water goes a long way. Any incidents with wildlife are extremely rare and generally it is a unique experience to spot any wildlife while out on the river!
You must be at least 18 years old to rent any equipment. You also have to have at least one 18 year old individual in your party on the water with the rest of the group.

River and Trips

USGS River Gauge at the 421 Bridge in Lillington, NC is the main indication of the current water level. Please scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. That is where you’ll find the most recent information for today.
For those who are curious about the Cape fear River’s flow and discharge: River flow is very important; especially if you plan to spend time on the water. The Cape Fear River is directly affected by the height of Jordan Lake, which is kept at a consistent 216.2’. For example, if Chatham County receives a deluge of rain and Jordan Lake rises, the dam at Jordan Lake will need to release more water to lower the lake back to normal water capacity. Jordan Lake’s releasing more water results in a rising Cape Fear River. To put it simply: It’s really important to know the level of the river before a river trip. Please call us or check for yourself if you are unsure of the Cape Fear River’s current height… specifically if the Triangle and/or surrounding areas have received a bout of rainy weather. Water levels and depth vary throughout the course of the river. The river gauge serves as a dependable reference point in determining the river conditions. We check river levels daily to ensure the safety of our customers!
During Summer and late Spring (from river height of approximately 1.5ft to 4ft), the highest classification of rapids are Class II. Our 10 Mile Challenge and Epic Overnight trips have multiple Class I and II rapids. All other trips have either Class I rapids or flat-water. In early Spring, river levels tend to be more unpredictable and much higher than in summer time. This means Class II rapids become Class III at high river levels and extreme caution should be exercised. Water temperature in Spring is also considerably cooler which should be taken in to consideration.
We offer Scenic Rafting which is our whitewater rafting trip that is available only at higher water levels. Usually, spring is a good season to catch some whitewater action in Raleigh area!


We sure do! The group discount is based on the size of your group. Please check out our Group Page for more details.
Yes we do! We accept all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
Yes! We offer 10% discount for our outfitter services for military, EMS, Fire, Police and Teachers. Use Promo Code "service" when making your online reservations. Be sure to have your military or relevant ID when checking in. Excludes retail sales and glamping.


We strongly recommend online reservations. Complete your paperwork and payments electronically before your trip and speed up the check-in process. It is also the only way we can guarantee your trip and equipment.
IF YOU MUST CANCEL or reschedule your activity, please do so at least 48 hours before your scheduled activity. There are no fees to reschedule, and you are entitled to 100% refund, given the request is made at least 48 hours prior to the activity. No changes are allowed, and no refunds will be issued less than 48 hours prior to the scheduled activity.
IF WE MUST CANCEL your activity due to unfavorable water conditions or severe weather, we will reschedule the activity at your convenience without any penalties, either by offering a different activity, reschedule to a different date, or to keep full credit on file to be used at your convenience in the future. If you are unable to reschedule, you can request a refund.
Yes you can. Our reservation system will show you what we have available. Weekdays during early (March, April) and late (mid-September through October) season requires 24 hour notice or call us for availability.
Each paying person can make a separate online reservation for the same time slot.

Trip Preparation

Yes! We provide PFDs for every participant and they are required to be worn by everyone while on the water.
Yes, yes and yes! Bring sun protection! We strongly suggest taking along sunscreen (even on overcast days!), hats or bandanas, and sunglasses. They all will go a long way to protect you from the sun.
Yes, you'll need to bring whatever you think you'll need for your camping trip including food and drinking water, tent, sleeping bags, etc. We will provide are the boats, paddles, life jackets and transportation to and/or from river.
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