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Leisure Paddle

Leisure Paddle

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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

Online Reservations

We are closed during winter months. We will open in March 2020! See you soon!

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 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).

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.


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.

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. 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.

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.

No. But you must realize that you will be in an uncontrolled environment, where you have to use your best judgment. As far as paddling, we can help! We offer an optional paddling briefing to get you started.
3 years old.
Yes, dogs are allowed in canoes. However, we suggest against bringing your fury friends for a canoe ride. Unstable boats and unfamiliar environment makes dogs very anxious and most dogs do not enjoy themselves.
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.
Canoes have plenty of storage. You can bring a cooler, backpack or other accessories along the way. Kayaks however, have limited storage. A smaller backpack will fit ok, but not much more than that.
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