FAQs

What is the Spring Lake Outpost?

-We are a kayak and canoe rental company. We offer self-guided kayak and canoe trips down 3 miles of the Little River. We also host themed events such as "Kayak Fest" (our opening day), "Canoes & Cervezas," "Red, White, & Boat," and of course the "SLO Glow."

 

Is the Little River navigable for newbies to kayaking and canoeing?

-Yes! We offer paddling lessons and detailed safety briefs before anyone enters the water.

 

Is there an age limit to kayak or canoe?

-Yes, the minimum age is 3 years old. You must have a PFD (Personal Floatation Device) that will fit your child.

What is the age requirement to rent a boat from SLO?

-To rent equipment, you must be 18 years old. Each group going out onto the water must have one member that is 18. Anyone that is not 18 must have consent from a parent or legal guardian.

 

Is there a weight for a kayak or canoe?

-Yes, our single kayaks have a maximum capacity of 250 pounds. Our tandem kayaks have a maximum capacity of 500 pounds. Our canoes have a maximum capacity of 600 pounds.

 

Are food and drinks allowed on the river?

-Yes. However, we do strongly enforce moderate and responsible consumption. Local and Wildlife Law Enforcement rules and regulations apply on all NC waterways. We also ask that you contain your food and drink waste within your boat and dispose of it in the trash can at our exit point. Let's keep our rivers clean! 

 

Are furry friends allowed?

-Yes, you are allowed to bring your pets. We do ask that owners provide a PFD (personal floatation device) for the pets. Keep in mind that animals often create more instability on the boats and increase the risk of capsizing. 

 

What is the wildlife presence in the river?

-Wherever you go, the outdoors is full of wildlife, whether the creatures make themselves visible or not. The Little River is a healthy body of water with fish, algae, spiders and of course snakes. Do no be afraid as these creatures are more afraid of you than you are of them.  

 

How long is our season?

-Our opening day of Kayak Fest is always at the end of March. We ride the season until the end of October, weather permitting. We are open every Saturday and Sunday. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are recommended as it gets busy! Reservations are required Monday-Friday with a minimum group of 6 people. 

 

How do water levels impact river trips?

-The NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service gauges water levels daily at the Manchester Bridge in Spring Lake, NC. To view current water levels, click on “Water Levels” at the top of our home page. Each morning a staff member kayaks down the river to make sure that water levels are adequate for river trips.

 

Are there rapids on the Little River?

-The Little River does not have any rapid classification.

 

How much does it cost to rent a boat?

-Single kayaks are $25/person. Tandem kayaks are $45/boat which includes two adults. Canoes are $60/boat. The price of this reservation includes two adults. The canoe fits up to 3 adults OR two adults and two small children. An additional $15 will be charged for the 3rd adult at time of check in. Children under the age of 7 are complimentary. All rentals include a life jacket, paddle, and shuttle transportation. You can also "Bring Your Own Kayak" (BYOK) which is $10/person and includes your shuttle transportation. North Carolina State Tax is included upon payment checkout. 

Are reservations required?

-Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are recommended as it gets busy! Reservations are required Monday-Friday with a minimum group of 6 people.

Are same day reservations allowed?

-Of course! Rental equipment and slots permitting. We do get very busy on Saturday and Sunday so we do recommend you reserve in advance to ensure availability. A 48-hour advance is required for reservations on Monday-Friday with a minimum group of 6 people.

Am I required to wear a life jacket?

-Yes. Everyone MUST wear a PFD (personal flotation device) while on the water. We provide life jackets with all equipment rentals. 

What do I need to bring with me?

-Please bring a valid driver's license and a credit/debit card when you arrive. Please dress appropriately for the river, there is always a chance you'll get wet so bring an extra change of clothes and towel! We recommend sandals or waterproof shoes. Also don't forget a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen!

 

What is our cancellation/late policy?

-We have a 48 Hour cancellation policy for full refunds. Cancellations made 24 Hours before your scheduled trip OR a cancellation due to weather, will be rescheduled or issued a voucher for a later date. If you are going to be more than 15 minutes late for your reservation contact us at 910-248-3409 ASAP. 

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