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Kayaking by Moonlight

Posted April 15, 2008

How would you like to go kayaking by moonlight? Any interest? Well, I recently invested in a top-of-the-line kayak car rack so I’m thinking this might be right up my alley.

Destination: Uwharrie National Forest south of Asheboro. A company called Uwharrie Tours has six kayak by moonlight tours scheduled for this year including one coming up weekend after next. The package includes a night’s lodging at a bed & breakfast, s’mores by campfire and the opportunity to view bald eagles and blue herons.

Laurie Weaver of NC Signature Magazine said “everything I have ever experienced kayaking in the daytime was now accentuated at night.” She said the water seemed calmer and her paddles cut through the water like melted butter.

Sounds like fun to me. Unless you’re Elizabeth Gardner who prefers the adrenaline of whitewater.


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  • ladybug23 Apr 16, 2008

    You know, there are lots of wonderful things to do by moonlight--I had never thought of this one!! I have never kayaked, but might have to try this. I cannot be out in the sun for an extended period--this would be great--and peaceful!! I have built sandcastles on the beach by moonlight with my grandchildren--teaches them a whole new perspective and they love it.

  • justmark Apr 16, 2008

    Wow..with the early hours you guys work every day Bill, how do you ever find the energy to do anything but sleep on your time off? HAHAHA!!

  • lefty-from-Cary Apr 15, 2008

    The full moon paddle sounds great - gonna have to head out to Jordan some night... You oughtta fish from your kayak sometime... it's quite a rush to get pulled on a sleigh ride...

  • davidpmcknight Apr 15, 2008

    Bill--You could start an online column about these adventures: "Yackety-Kayak!"

    David McKnight

  • bleslie Apr 15, 2008

    Excellent idea, Jesse. Thanks!

  • TreeSquire Apr 15, 2008

    Falls Resevoir is beautiful! I've camped out there at night and really enjoyed it. This area is very remote with a seemingly 10-12 mile ride down a National Forest gravel road. If the water level is not too high or too low you can paddle into into the over flow tunnels at the dam. It's kind of spooky in there. We didn't go far!

  • ratherbnnc Apr 15, 2008

    That sounds like fun! I think i may try that when i finish building my strip built 17 footer.

  • jrichuso Apr 15, 2008

    Bill, you should check out Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's "Paddling Under the Stars" - we do it with a Moonless sky, and an astronomy educator joins the group to give tours of the night sky and constellations. Here's a link to more info:

    - Jesse (Morehead Planetarium educator)

  • bleslie Apr 15, 2008

    The specific area is called Falls Reservoir. It is part of the Pee Dee River and is located between Badin Lake and Lake Tillery.

  • TreeSquire Apr 15, 2008

    The Uwharrie River has some mild whitewater. It is very scenic in the daytime. It might be a bit dangerous at night without some good lighting. You must be referring to kayaking one of the lakes in the National Forest. The Lumber River is a fun one at night on a full moon. No rapids, but a little current to keep you moving.

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