Burlington Recreation & Parks Outdoor Programs provide many opportunities for guided and facilitated kayaking programs. The kayak season generally runs from mid-April to the end of October. Check out the program menu below to see what types of kayak programs are offered.
If you are looking to simply rent kayaks to paddle on your own at Mackintosh Lake, visit Mackintosh Marina or Guilford-Mackintosh Marina. Solo kayaks and tandem kayaks are available. All kayaks are offered on a first-come basis. Reservations are NOT accepted.
Farewell to the 2023 paddle season! Guided group paddles will begin in May 2024!
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett, NC 27377
Ages: 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a paying/participating adult.
Fee: $22.50/rental or $8.50/BYO Kayak.
Register here. Registration opens 6 weeks prior to paddle and closes at noon the day prior.
AT LEAST 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED PADDLE TO RECEIVE A FULL REFUND. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel.
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett
Stoney Creek Marina - 1785 Faulkner Dr., Burlington
Ages: 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a participating/paying adult.
Fee: $26/rental; $10/BYO Kayak.
Register here. Registration opens 4 weeks prior to each event and closes at noon the day of.
Let your stress melt away as you enjoy a 2-hour guided paddle (about 3 miles). Paddlers will have a guide who provides basic paddling instruction as needed and leads the group on the lake. Fee includes kayak rental, PFD, paddle, lake fees and guides. The weight limit for rental boats is 230 lbs. Register early as spaces go fast!
- Coming May 2024
BY NOON THE DAY PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED PADDLE TO RECEIVE A FULL REFUND. Email email@example.com to cancel.
Paddle-Palooza Youth Kayak Clinic
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | 1345 NC 61, Whitsett
Ages: 11 - 15
Fee: TBA. Registration required. Register now.
Dates: Summer 2024 - TBA
Time: 8:00-11:00 am
In this small-group, half-day clinic, learn all about kayaking! Clinic covers everything from water safety, fitting your PFD, parts of the kayak & paddle, how to properly get in and out of the boat, basic paddle strokes, and more. We'll save some time to paddle and explore the lake as well! Clinic includes on-land and on-water lessons. Campers should know how to swim and be prepared to be active throughout the clinic.
Available at Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina from May thru October (based on guide availability)
Ages: 11 and up
Fee: Varies. Contact us for a quote - typically between $25-$50/person.
Private small-group kayak programs are available by appointment and based on the availability of instructors/guides for groups of up to 8. Email Melissa, the Outdoor Program Coordinator, for more information on setting up a custom kayak 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. Participants should be comfortable around water and have basic swimming abilities.
Youth Paddle Clinic
Youth learn all about kayaking fun and safety. 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 include solo kayaks (up to 8), paddles, PFDs, lake fees and guide.