Kayaking or canoeing overnight camping river trip
As an alternative, consider paddling upstream from our shop to the campsites, or doing 10 Mile Challenge over 2 days and camping on river banks. Give us a call for details.
Canoe camping is the untapped source for outdoor fun.
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 take 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...
Large Groups! Please note: Raven Rock's group campsites have been permanently closed due to the damage after the Hurricane Florence in 2018. However, we have access to a couple other properties on the river that can accommodate larger groups, like a Boy or Girl Scout Troop. Contact us to discuss arrangements.
Things to know before you go!
Trip Cost Prices are per boat and include paddles, life jackets, and shuttle service
We drive to Buckhorn Dam only once a day, first thing in the morning!
Please see the shuttle schedule when booking. Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time!
Due to shuttle schedule, we are not able to wait for you if you are late, nor can we shuttle you are later time!
Please be on time!
Camping Reservations with Raven Rock State Park
You must make a
separate reservation with
Raven Rock State Park
for canoe-in camp site. There are 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 $12 per night + $3 booking fee.
Large Groups! Please note: Raven Rock's group campsites have been permanently closed due to the damage after the Hurricane Florance. However, we have access to couple other properties on the river that can accommodate larger groups, like a Boy Scout Troop. Contact us to discuss arrangements.
What to wear
- Dress for the weather with layered clothing if necessary, and expect to get wet.
- Wear long sleeves or opt out for sunscreen.
- Bathing suit is a great option in warmer months, but don't forget sunscreen!
- Paddling booties or water shoes are great! You can also wear old gym shoes, or strap-on sandals, but no flip-flops!
- Any hat is recommended.
What to bring
Overnight trips will take a little more planning than other trips. Here are some suggested items:
- Water - 1 gallon per person
Food (day 1 - lunch and dinner; day 2 - breakfast)
Some food ideas: freeze dried meals, nuts, fruits, canned meats or fish, nutrition 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)
- Basic first aid kit
- Optional spare clothing in case your get wet
* for more detailed gear list see Paddling to Wilmington page.