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The 2014 Annual Enfield Fishing Creek Paddle will take place Saturday, May 10, 2014.

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The paddle will begin with refreshments, served during registration at 8:00 a.m.  Paddlers will then shove off at 9:00 a.m. and float with kayaks and canoes for 2.5 hours eventually disembarking at a take out point.  The paddlers will then enjoy lunch and receive t-shirts at Jennie’s Beans and Buns Café in downtown Enfield.

Location: Join us for a scenic 5½-mile paddle along Fishing Creek near Enfield, North Carolina.

Directions: From I-95, take Exit 154 for NC-481 East towards Enfield. Follow Paddle Signs!

Event Schedule – May 10 2014:

  • 8:00-8:30 am – Sign-in, drop canoes/kayaks, & grab coffee at the launch site.
  • 8:30-9:00 am – Drop vehicles at take out point & ride shuttle back to launch site.
  • 9:00-9:30 am – Paddlers embark!
  • 11:30-12:30 pm – Paddlers arrive at take out point parking area
  • 12:30-1:30 pm – Lunch & music provided at Jennie’s Beans & Buns Coffee Shop, 116 N Dennis St, Enfield, NC

Registration Fee: $30 per person, which includes lunch and t-shirt! For groups of 4 registering together the fee is $25 each.  (Please note that t-shirts are ordered in advance of event, to make sure you get your size, please register early)

Canoe Rental: Canoes and kayaks are available for an additional $25/kayak and $35/canoe. Paddles and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are included with each rental.

How to register: Complete and mail or bring your Registration Form, along with your registration fee no later than Friday, May 9th, 2014.

Liability Waivers: Everyone must sign liability waivers the day of the event. A parent/guardian must sign if the participant is under 18 years old. Please let us know if you are member of the American Canoe Association, which is insuring this event.

Questions: Contact Downtown Enfield Preservation & Restoration (DERP) at (252) 445-2234

More Information/History:

Fishing Creek, one of North Carolina’s treasures, winds through pristine forest and showcases one of North Carolina’s hidden assets.  A tributary of the Tar River, Fishing Creek has a long history – very long indeed. Shark teeth are often found along the river’s banks reminding everyone that this part of North Carolina was under sea eons ago.  Bobby Davis, former Enfield town administrator, said, “Fishing Creek thrills the imagination of visitors and residents alike. Equally as diverting as its natural beauty is the history of its people. Indians hunted in unspoiled forest, Colonists traded tar and pitch, soldiers and sailors fought for independence and freedom, and farmers toiling to make a living all represent stories of Fishing Creek.”

An Enfield committee was created to showcase the beauty of Fishing Creek and to bring attention to Enfield’s many paddling, biking, historical homes, and farmland byways opportunities.  The Town of Enfield, The Tar River Conservancy, Halifax County Tourism, and the Enfield Fishing Creek Paddle Committee are inviting kayakers and canoers for a morning of adventure and recreation.

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