Stillwater Touring Company
adventures on Knotts Island, North Carolina
Would you like to see
the unspoiled wilderness in the marshes around Knotts Island? Have you
seen the kayaks on the local waters and felt like you could try it as a hobby? Maybe you're a photographer or
an artist with a need to get up
close and personal with your subjects in the marshes and on the shorelines.
Stillwater Touring Company could very well be the way to quickly and safely have these
Stillwater Touring Company is
committed to your education and a practical approach to your introduction to the
fastest growing outdoor sport in the country.
personally, guided paddle tour or paddling course with Stillwater. While other companies offer pre-scheduled tours
once or twice or every now and then, Stillwater Touring
Company can set up your tour whenever you're going to be in town. If there
is a guide available on your day, you're on the water.
Use the links below to learn about
Company offers ACA* certified classes in Basic Kayaking to get you
safely started in the sport of paddling. They can tailor the classes
to your needs.
Classes are offered at
sites near Knotts Island and will be announced as they occur.
Classes are announced on this site or can easily be arranged as your needs
instruction can be held at your facility so your group will not have to
travel far. Instructors and assistants can meet you at most
locations. Call for details and help with set-up arrangements.
Private instruction at
your home is available. If your family or friends have water close
by and would like to learn in more familiar company, an instructor can
come to your residence or boat house.
Contact Stillwater for
details regarding any of these classes, since arrangements must be made in
advance, to insure a smooth running class. Generally a 7 day notice
is needed. If less than 7 days is possible it will slightly
affect the cost of the class.
*The American Canoe
Association certifies our instructors and assistants.
Tours at various
locations around Knotts Island are available.
All tours must be
preceded by a "Quick Start Paddling" course. This takes approximately
three hours to complete, a little less with fewer participants. It is an ACA
supervised course requiring pre-registration.
After the course is
completed a tour will begin and instruction will continue as our guide
helps you become familiar with the methods of navigating through marshes
and canals like those found intra-coastal North Carolina and VIrginia.
Paddling clubs and
groups may hire a guide to point the way and be available with local
Individuals may hire a
guide to paddle them around in a tandem kayak for use as a platform for
photography and recording. This is under special arrangement and
certain criteria must be met to provide this service.
To see some of the tours
available, click here.
Currently, the Carova crossing and tours in island waters are available
but more will be added later. Note: Tours of the Mackay Island Wildlife
Refuge are not available.
Contact Stillwater and
book your tour soon.
You may rent
kayaks from Stillwater after you have participated in in the one-day
"Introduction to Kayaks" course.
takes from six to eight hours to complete and covers all of the topics you
must be familiar with in order to safely transport one of the kayaks to a
paddling location and use it with confidence.
All rentals are
for local use around Knotts Island only.
Touring Company, 101 Shepherds Way, Knotts Island, NC 27950
(252) 429-2089 Ask for
If calling from Hampton Roads, dial all ten numbers but it's still a
If you have ANY questions at
all, give a call or send an e-mail. They love to talk about kayaking
Never used a
kayak before? Not to worry.
The kayaks at Stillwater Touring are all of the recreational type, built for
stability, and are extremely easy to use. Pictured
below are the boats that you may be using on your tour. These are very stable kayaks,
easy to handle and ideal for beginners. In twenty minutes, you'll be
paddling like a pro.
This is the Bayou 2 by Dagger. It
be used by two people or configured
to paddle as a solo boat for larger paddlers.
This is the Phantom by Clearwater,
local Virginia Beach company. It's
flat bottomed and sports a deep
seat for a comfortable ride.
This is the Critter by Wilderness
Systems. It's a handy solo boat for smaller adults and children.
Prices for Service
These are guidelines. Actual prices
could vary slightly. It all depends on the facility available
to hold the class and the costs of the facility at a given time of
the year. Fees will be posted and agreed upon before
registration. E-mail verification of the agreed price will be sent to
you before registration.
ACA members receive $5.00 off of the cost of any class.
Half-day Quick Start
courses can be as little as $36 per person in groups of five to as high as
$76 per person for two.
A full-day of Introduction to Kayaks starts at $54 per person and
could be $124 for private instruction of two people.
Instruction at your home is slightly less than the regular instruction rates
with an additional mileage charge to offset travel.
It's easy to see that we should try to talk at least four or five people into
having a class.
Tours must be preceded
with a Quick Start course. The typical price for the course and a
two hour tour is $65.00. A longer or shorter tour will change the
price. The area of the tour may change the price due to the fees for
the classroom location.
Those who complete the
full day Introduction to Kayaks course may rent kayaks at a rate of $20
for a half day and $35 for a full day whenever they visit the island. Rental fees include a
suitable for the paddler, a paddle, a PFD (life jacket), and assistance
with car-top transportation. Stillwater can transport the kayaks to
your desired island location for a small fee (a tip).
Photographers and others who
need to work from the kayak can hire a guide to do all of the paddling at
a rate of $24 per hour. There is a 6 miles per day limit to this
Prices for services will be
agreed upon and then payment may be made by check, money order, or with a
credit card using Pay Pal.
Pay Pal is easy to register, safe, and secure as any other online
Yes. He's standing in a canoe with no PFD on but it was a
had to be there this day to see what was happening.
call and tell Mike about this. Mama K won't even yell at him.
Shaun Kane is ready
to bring you an enjoyable time on our waters. A professional mariner,
documented by the US Coast Guard, he is certified in water survival and
first aid afloat in accordance with standards of the IMO. He is
certified to instruct kayak paddling by the ACA.
Brett Ferris has been paddling the
waters of Knotts Island for some time now. He's an ACA member
and holds active membership in two kayaking clubs. One in North
Carolina's Outer Banks and the other in Virginia.
to the guides
to Knotts Island