Kayak Programs

alt=""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 to rent. All kayaks are offered on a first-come basis. Reservations are NOT accepted.

Morning Meet-Up Paddles


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. 
Registration coming soon.  Registration opens 6 weeks before each paddle and closes at noon the day prior.  

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 guide will lead the group on the lake and help folks in/out of boats and provide basic instruction as needed. Fee includes guides, kayak rental, paddle, PFD. If providing a personal boat, you must bring your own paddle and PFD (and wear it properly on the water.)  When registering, be sure to choose either the rental kayak or if you are bringing your own boat. 

  • May 14 at 8:30 am
  • May 28 at 8:30 am
  • June 11 at 8:00 am
  • June 25 at 8:00 am
  • July 23 at 8:00 am
  • August 6 at 8:00 am
  • August 20 at 8:00 am
  • September-October paddles coming soon.

**Cancelations must be received at least 24 hours before the scheduled paddle to receive a full refund.  Email mhoose@burlingtonnc.gov to cancel.

Sunset Paddles


Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett
Ages: 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a participating/paying adult. 
Fee: $26/rental; $10/BYO Kayak.
Registration coming soon. Registration opens 4 weeks before 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! 

  • May 7 at 6:15 pm
  • May 21 at 6:15 pm
  • June 4 at 6:30 pm
  • June 18 at 6:45 pm
  • July 16 at 6:30 pm
  • July 30 at 6:30 pm
  • August 13 at 6:15 pm
  • August 27 at 6:00 pm
  • September - October paddles coming soon!

**Cancelations must be received by noon the day before the scheduled paddle to receive a full refund.  Email mhoose@burlingtonnc.gov to cancel.

Paddle-Palooza Youth Kayak Clinic


Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC 61, Whitsett
Date:  June 14, June 28 OR July 19 (choose one - all clinics are the same)
Time: 8:00-11:00 am 
Ages: 11 - 15
Fee: $40. Registration required. Register now.

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. The clinic needs a min of 4 to run with a max of 6 students.