early spring of the year 2001, a small group of both experienced and novice
paddlers got together to discuss ways to share information and experiences
about kayaking and canoeing in the Cape Fear Region. Our first meetings
generally took place in conjunction with the local paddling retailers' demo
days, at either Greenfield Lake in Wilmington, or near Banks Channel in
Wrightsville Beach, or after hours at the local branch of Pro Canoe and
club sponsored event was a trip on the Northeast Cape Fear River, with a put
in at the NC Fish and Game Ramp near Route 117 in Castle Hayne. Amazingly
four people actually showed up in three boats, and the trip was a great
success. Our second event, on Holly Shelter Creek, drew 13 people, and,
aside from overshooting our take-out, turned out to be a nearly perfect day.
The prevalence of marsh and estuarine areas,
the Intracoastal Waterway, and nearby rivers and streams make this an ideal
area for enjoying the water environment in paddle craft.
Please check our calendar for
details on time and location, as the meeting location varies. We tend
to enjoy a program, a paddle, or both. Programs include lessons on safety,
tides and currents, guest speakers, and presentations from other
To get more information about meeting times, check the calendar, or
join our mailing
participates in day trips, overnight camping, paddle sweeps, race
participation, and any other events at which we are invited to participate.
The CFPA also tries to coordinate with local retailers in promoting and
supporting events such as demos, clinics, and sales.
guests. Guests are encouraged to come paddle with us and come to the
meetings. Get to know us and decide if you would like to join us