10th Annual YeeHaw! River Paddle

May 20th, 2017

The YeeHaw! River Paddle brings together paddlers of all skill levels to enjoy the Haw River as a community. Proceeds support the Haw River Trail in furtherance of its mission of “Conservation through Recreation.” This year celebrates the 10th anniversary of this popular paddle and features the YeeHaw! River Paddle and a Family and Beginners’ Paddle.

Times & Locations

Family & Beginners’ Paddle

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Check-in: 10:30am-11:00am
Location: Swepsonville River Park- Lower Access (2698 Boywood Road, Swepsonville, NC 27359)

YeeHaw! River Paddle

Time: 9:30am-finish
Check-in: 9:00am-9:30am
Location: Red Slide Park (103 Elm Street, Haw River, NC 27258)

Paddle Routes

This year’s event features two paddles, a Family & Beginners’ Paddle and the Yee-Haw! River Paddle. The Yee-Haw! Paddle will take place on the stretch between the paddle access at Red Slide Park and the upper paddle access at Swepsonville River Park, our oldest Haw River Trail park. Swepsonville River Park has recently been renovated and we’re excited to share the improvements. This 5.5-mile stretch is appropriate for beginner-intermediate paddlers, or advanced paddlers looking for a relaxing trip. It features a blend of flat water and class 1 rapids with beautiful views of the river and its wildlife. It will take approximately 3-4 hours to paddle this section. Participants will need to bring their own boat or arrange rental in advance with a participating outfitter (see below for participating outfitters).

The Family & Beginners’ Paddle route begins on Great Alamance Creek starting at the lower access of Swepsonville River Park. Participants will have an hour to paddle up and down Great Alamance Creek, a calm flat water tributary of the Haw River. Boats will be provided at no cost by our participating outfitters. NO personal boats please.


  • $20 per adult
  • $10 per child (12 & under)
  • $100 5280 Club Sponsorshop… provides 2 free registrations

Registration comes with an event T-shirt. For more information about the 5280 Club sponsorship please click here.

Parking & Registration

Yee-Haw! River Paddle participants should park at Red Slide Park (103 Elk St, Haw River, NC 27258). For parking and boat drop off please follow directional road signs and volunteers on the day of the event. The check-in booth will be located at the Red Slide Park Paddle Access. Return shuttles for participants & their boats will be provided at the end of the paddle from Swepsonville River Park back to Red Slide Park.

Participants in the Family & Beginners’ Paddle will park and check-in at the Lower Access of Swepsonville River Park (2698 Boywood Road, Swepsonville, NC 27359). Follow the directions of our signs and volunteers the day of the event.

Boat Rentals

Paddlers for the Family & Beginners’ Paddle do NOT need to contact an outfitter prior to the event. You will be matched with a boat at the event. NO personal boats please. No walk ups, you must register in advance.

Paddlers participating in the Yee-Haw! River Paddle should bring their own boat, or contact one of our participating outfitters (see below) in advance of the event to arrange a rental. Walk-ups are expected to bring their own personal boats. No extra rental boats will be available.

*Note: The outfitters will be on-site with their rental equipment. If you are renting from a participating outfitter you will not need to transport your boat. Please make your rental arrangements in advance of the event.

Participating Outfitters:

Haw River Canoe & Kayak
(336) 260-6465
6079 Sweponsville-Saxapahaw Rd., Saxapahaw NC 27253

River Run Outfitters
(336) 212-2697
193 Spoon Dr., Burlington NC 27217

Three Rivers Outfitters
(336) 627-6215 OR (276) 340-3983
413 Church St., Eden NC 27289


If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at (336) 229-2380 or email us at info@thehaw.org.

Paddling is an inherently dangerous activity. By registering to participate in the 2017 10th Annual YeeHaw! River Paddle, you are agreeing that you have reviewed and agree to the terms of the YeeHaw 2017 Release of Liability & Assumption of Risk. It is not necessary to print or bring this document.

Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors!