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hwy 217 bridge view from the river

F.A.Q.

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

General

We offer self-guided canoe, kayak, and paddle-board (SUP) rentals and river tubing trips. We cover 25 miles of the river and offer trips from 1 hour to multiple days, from flat water to whitewater with class I, II, and II+ rapids.
Yes, of course! We have, at the very least, 2 trip options that are perfect for you newbies! Try the 1 or 2 hour Leisure Paddle or Easy Float. Both trips have a lot of easy flat-water and maybe 1 or 2 Class I rapids. These trips are also well suited for young children. For you adventurous novices, our Whitewater Adventure or even Epic Overnight have been undertaken by paddlers with very little experience. Please give us a call and we'd be happy to tell you all about what to expect!
Yes. Leisure Paddle, Easy Float, and River Tubing minimum age is 3 years old. 10 Mile Challenge and Epic Overnight minimum age is 8 years old. Whitewater rafting minimum age is 10.
Yes. Single sit-on-top kayak - 225lb; Single sit-inside kayak - 275lb; Kids kayak - 100lb; Tandem kayak - 450lb; Canoe - 300lb each; Paddleboard - 225lb;
Yes, BUT… Responsible, moderate consumption is strongly enforced. All North Carolina and Waterways laws apply and are closely monitored by local and Wildlife Law Enforcement.
Our canoes have 2 seats, some with back rests. Additional passengers do fit in the canoes, they just have to sit on the bottom of the boat. We also have solo kayaks, which hold one person each. Tandem kayaks can hold up to two adult paddlers.
It depends on the river trip you choose to do. Please see individual trip page for details. FAQ section is located on the bottom of every trip's page.
Yes. The Cape Fear River has a widely diverse natural habitat that is teeming with wildlife! Snakes are certainly one of the many types of animals you might see on the river. Just try to remember that snakes are more frightened of you and will try to stay out of sight. So do not panic! Not everyone is lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a snake!
We operate March through October. We are open 7 days a week during summer months (mid-May through August). Other months are are always open on weekends and some weekdays. Always check our Hours page, events calendar and Quick News for most up to date info.
You have to have at least one 18 year old individual in your party. If that individual is not a parent or legal guardian we'll need a consent from one.
Yes we do!

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 3ft), 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 Summer. This means Class II rapids can easily 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 whitewater rafting trips that are available only at certain water levels.
The only guided trip we offer at this time is whitewater rafting. All other trips are self guided.

Rates

It varies… We offer multiple trips from 1 hour to 2 days. "Leisure Paddle" doesn't require a transportation and is the least expensive trip. All other trips are "one-way" and require transportation, therefore cost more. Check out trips overview page to see all trips we offer. Click on particular trip to see detailed description and pricing for that trip.
Our prices are all inclusive and are based on boat rental, with the exception of Scenic Rafting which is per person. Your rental includes a PFD (life jacket) for each paddler or tuber, and paddles for canoes, kayaks, and paddle-boards (SUP). Any transportation to or from the river, if needed, is also included in the price (some trips do not require shuttle service). We also give basic paddling instruction and safety briefing about the river and what to expect on your trip.
Indeed, we do! Please check out our discount page.
Yes we do!

Reservations

Yes, we require reservations and we strongly encourage you to do them online! Our real-time system lets you reserve equipment you want at the desired time. You can also complete electronic payments and waiver forms, which will speed up your check-in process greatly! It also allows for us to prepare your equipment for you.
Yes you can, although we much prefer you do it in advance. Make sure you change the reservation to today's date. Of course you risk us being sold out when making a reservation the same day, but the reservation system will show you what we have available.
Each paying person can make a separate reservation for the same time slot.
If we must cancel your reservation because of unsafe river or weather conditions, you are entitled to a full refund or reschedule your trip at your convenience. If you must cancel your reservation please do so at least 1 day before your trip. No changes allowed the day of your trip!

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. For example: any food/drinking water, tents, hammocks, S'more supplies, sleeping bags, etc. will need to be brought by your group. The only equipment we provide are the boats, paddles, life jackets and transportation.

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