Leisure Paddle is suitable for everyone!
Our Leisure Paddle is one of the most popular trips.
Enjoy yourself by paddling up a gorgeous, flat-water stretch of the Cape Fear River.
Get the whole family out in a canoe or give kayaking a try.
With up to 7 miles of virtually unspoiled wilderness to explore, you can make a one or two hour trip of it, spend the day,
or even camp out at Raven Rock State Park’s unique canoe-in campground (reservations with the State Park are required if you mean to utilize their grounds).
With trips lasting up to two hours, experience Class I rapids and Class II rapids for trips lasting more than 2 hours.
Snap a shot of turtles sunning themselves before they slip quickly under the water, or catch sight of a bald eagle, osprey, or great blue heron soaring through the clouds. Whatever you decide to do, no matter how long you spend on this particular part of the river, you’re most certainly in for a wonderful time. This trip begins and ends at our office in Lillington and does not require a shuttle. You paddle out as far as you'd like based on the rental time, turn around and paddle back to the starting point.
Trip Cost Prices are per boat and include paddles and life jackets
|1 hour||2 hours||All Day|
|2-person Canoe or Kayak||
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 choose sunscreen. If you have paddling booties or water shoes, that’s wonderful! You can also 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
- Bring plenty of water! Plan on taking one 12oz bottle of water per person per river hour. Absolutely no glass containers! Nalgene bottles or regular plastic bottled water is your best option.
- Nutritious snacks or a full lunch, especially for longer trips. Paddling is a strenuous activity and it’s important to keep your body properly fueled and hydrated. If you’d like to bring along your cooler, mid to larger sized coolers fit very nicely in our 16’ Old Town canoes. Small, insulated fabric coolers may be strapped to the back of our kayaks.
- We'll ask you to take at least one phone per group.
- If you’d like to bring a change of dry clothes to leave in your car, please do! We have changing rooms you can use at the end of your trip.
- Water toys, cameras, speakers, etc.
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 Mermaid Point, 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).
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.
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 a payment upon arrival to our office either via credit or debit card or cash.
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. Our 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.
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!
Lunch or dinner at Mermaid Point
Welcome to Mermaid Point! We cook up and serve delicious Southern-American eats and drinks right on
the banks of the beautiful Cape Fear River.
We have a fine selection of barbecue pork and chicken plates and sandwiches, fresh Angus burgers,
green garden salads, and seafood!
All of this tastiness is cooked to order for each customer and served up with a generous helping of
We have a full-service bar serving liquor drinks, wine and a wide selection of beers by the bottle, can, and on draft.
The best part is that we are located right next door to Cape Fear River Adventures, in the same parking lot! Come join us after a day on the river!