Kayak Programs

alt=""**All kayak programs are finished for the season. Check back in May 2022!**

Burlington Recreation & Parks Outdoor Programs provides 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.

Intro to Kayaking

Location: Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | 1345 NC 61, Whitsett
Ages: 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Fee: TBA
Times/Dates: Coming summer 2022

A class for new or beginner paddlers to build confidence and skills on the water. The lesson covers water safety, fitting PFD and kayak, getting in/out of the boat, launching from the shore and proper and efficient paddle strokes. Half the class is on the land and half on the water. Fee includes instructor, kayak rental, PFD, and paddle.

Sunset Paddles

Location: Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina and Stoney Creek Marina
Ages: 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. 
Fee: TBA
Time/Dates: Coming summer 2022

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 225lbs. 

Meet-Up Paddles

Location: 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: TBA
Time/Date: TBA 

Don’t paddle alone! Come meet other paddlers and enjoy some time on the water. Bring your own kayak or rent one of ours. A kayak instructor will guide the group on the lake and help folks in/out of boats as needed. Fee includes guide, kayak rental, paddle, PFD. If providing a personal boat a PFD is still required while on the water. When registering, be sure to choose either the rental kayak or if you are bringing your own personal boat.

Leaf Peep Paddle

Location: Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett NC 27377
Ages: 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Fee: TBA 
Dates/Times: Late October

There is nothing more beautiful than paddling a quiet Lake Mackintosh surrounded by hardwoods when the leaves are all aflame. Come experience the changing season by kayak! Be sure to bring binoculars and a camera. Fee includes guide, lake fees, boat rental, paddle, & PFD. 

Paddle-Palooza Youth Kayak Clinic

Location: Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | 1345 NC 61, Whitsett
Ages: 11 - 15
Fee: $40. Registration required.
Times/Dates: Coming summer 2022

In this small-group, half-day clinic, learn all about kayaking! 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 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.

Dynamic Duo Paddle

Location: Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina | 1345 NC 61, Whitsett
Ages: 11 - 17 PLUS their accompanying adult. Please only 1 youth per adult.
Fee: TBA
Time/Dates: Coming summer 2022

Calling all dynamic duos! Youth (11-17) grab your favorite adult (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or family friend) to complete your dynamic duo for this special, small-group guided paddling adventure. A guide will provide a quick intro to kayaking so you know the basics when you get on the water. Then enjoy a guided kayaking tour of the lake as we look for interesting birds, wildlife and visit the old rock quarry! Fee includes guide, lake fees, basic instruction, solo kayak (sorry, no 2-person kayaks available), PFD and paddle.

Lake Clean-Up

Location: TBA
Ages: 16 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Fee: Free, but registration required.
Time/Date: None at the time.

Help keep our lakes clean and beautiful! Burlington Recreation & Parks, Burlington Stormwater and Piedmont Triad Regional Council partner to host a kayak clean-up on Mackintosh Lake. Volunteers who bring their own boat will not be charged a launch fee. Volunteers who need a boat will be able to borrow one. Volunteers will be provided trash bags, gloves and grabbers. Come prepared to be on the water for 2 hours with water, sunscreen and secure footwear to get in/out of boats to collect trash on the bank. Everyone must wear a properly fitted PFD while on the water.

Custom Kayak Programs

Available at Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina from late April thru October
Ages: 11 and up
Fee: Varies. Contact us for a quote - typically between $20-$40/person.

Private, small group kayak programs are available by appointment and on availability of instructors/guides for groups 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. Half the class is on-land and half on-water. 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.