Kayak Programs

Burlington Recreation & Parks Outdoor Programs, provides many opportunities for facilitated kayaking programs. The kayak season generally runs from mid-April to the end of October with the bulk of programs taking place in the summer. Read below for all upcoming kayak programs:

Meet-Up Paddles


Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | 1345 NC 61, Whitsett
Time/Date: vary - see below
Ages: 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Fee: $15/person; $5/person with personal boat. 
Registration required. 

Don't paddle alone! Come meet other people who love being on the water and enjoy a leisurely, guided group paddle on beautiful Mackintosh Lake! Bring your own boat or rent one of ours. Paddlers will have a guide who provides basic instruction as needed and leads the group on the lake. Rental fee includes kayak, PFD, paddle and guide.

Monday, October 22 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Register for solo kayak rental or register for personal boat.

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to event to receive a full refund (less online-service fee). The online-service fee is non-refundable.

Leaf Peep Paddle Tour


Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | 1345 NC 61, Whitsett
Time/Date: 
Sunday, October 28 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Ages: 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Fee: $15/person; $5/person with personal boat. Registration required. 

There is nothing more beautiful than paddling a quiet Lake Mackintosh surrounded by hardwoods when the leaves are all aflame. Come experience the changing season by kayak! Be sure to bring binoculars and a camera. Fee includes guide, boat rental, paddle, & PFD.

Register for solo kayak rental or if using your personal boat. Or call Recreation and Parks main office to register by phone - 336-222-5030.

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to event to receive a full refund (less online-service fee). The online-service fee is non-refundable.

SUNSET PADDLES


Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | 1345 NC 61, Whitsett
Ages: 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Fee: $20/person; $8/person with personal boat.
*Sunset Paddles have concluded for the season - check back in May 2019!

Let your stress melt away as you enjoy a leisurely, 2-hour guided paddle. Paddlers will have a guide who provides basic paddling instruction as needed and leads the group on the lake. Fee includes kayak, paddle, PFD, lake fees and guide.

Intro to Kayaking


Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina |  1345 NC 61, Whitsett
Ages: 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Fee: $30. Registration required. 
*Classes have concluded for the season - check back in May 2019!

A class for new or beginner paddlers to build confidence and skills on the water. Class covers water safety, fitting PFD and kayak, getting in/out of the boat, launching from shore, proper and efficient paddle strokes. Half the class is on the land and half on the water. Fee includes instructor, kayak rental, PFD and paddle. 

Custom Kayak Programs


Available at any City Lake Marina from late April thru October
Ages: 11 and up

Fee: Varies. Contact us for a quote - typically between $20-$40/person.

Private, small group kayak programs are available by appointment and availability of instructors/guides for groups up to 7. Email Melissa, the Outdoor Program Coordinator, for more information on setting up a program. Programs include the following, but we can customize or create a program based on your needs.

  • Intro to Kayaking
    A class for new or beginner paddlers to build confidence and skills on the water. Cover the basics of kayaking: water safety, fitting PFD and kayak, getting in/out of the boat, launching from shore, proper and efficient paddle strokes. Half the class is on-land and half on-water. Class taught by ACA certified kayak instructor. Participants should be comfortable around water and have basic swimming abilities. 
  • Youth Paddle Clinic
    Youth learn all about kayaking from an ACA certified kayak instructor. Clinic covers everything from water safety, fitting your PFD, parts of the kayak, how to properly get in and out of the boat, basic paddle stokes and more. We'll save some time to paddle and explore the lake as well! Clinic includes on-land and on-water lessons. Students should know how to swim and be prepared to be active throughout the clinic.
  • Guided Group Paddles
    Let us provide the kayaks, gear and guide to help your group explore the lake safely and confidently. Guide will provide basic instruction, assist the group during launching/landing as well as lead the group on the water to the best spots on the lake. Fees includes solo kayaks (up to 7), paddles, PFDs, lake fees and guide.