NEW ROUTES in 2023! This guided kayak tour is planned around the tides so that we have a tidal current pushing us along the entire way. While paddling through Eagles Island, we will learn about the Gullah Geechee and their key role within the island before the Civil War. You will be led through old rice canal systems, where ospreys are busy in their nests atop the ghost trees. This tour is all paddling without time away from your kayak.
Wilmington Outdoor Adventures is the only local business with Agreements with both the Town of Leland and the Town of Belville to utilize both modern kayak launches. Eagles Island tours require shuttling so that there is no backtracking!
These tours utilize Belville Riverfront Park and Cypress Cove Park launches. Where we launch depends on the tidal current that day. The route includes paddling on the Brunswick River, through Eagles Island, Sturgeon Creek AND Mill Creek...all within 2.5 hours.
Both the Atlantic Sturgeon and the Short-nosed Sturgeon are endangered species found in this region. Named after this ancient anadromous fish, Sturgeon Creek will capture your heart during one leg of this tour.
"Kay Lynn offers a great experience as a guide. Her knowledge of local habitat is first rate! She times her tours for the best possible experience, taking tides into consideration. Worth every penny!"
Single Person: $90
Party of Two: $110
Party of Three: $160
Party of Four: $210
Party of Five: $260
Party of Six: $310
Party of Seven: $360
Party of Eight: $410
*Discounted with your own kayak!
THE RARE SKIPPER
(Problema bulenta) In the summer of 2021, WOA owner sited what she thought may be the endangered Rare Skipper while guiding this tour. Later, after many hours of searching, she captured the butterfly on her cell phone. Professional lepidopterists needed a better photograph to confirm the finding. Nature photographer, Bryan Putnam accompanied Kay Lynn and took this photograph, which is one of his images that gained official confirmation of species. The Rare Skipper has a state conservation status of S1 (Critically imperiled in North Carolina because of extreme rarity) and is endangered globally (6 to 20 occurrences) throughout its range. Currently (Feb. 2022) developers' proposals of expansive hotels, restaurants and housing very near where this photograph was taken are under consideration.