NoliFest to celebrate all that paddles (copy)

Kayakers can learn about safety or take a paddle on the Watauga.

Flatwater Kayak Fun Day Aug. 6

Join a NOLI instructor for a half-day paddle on Watauga Lake. You will get a review of flatwater kayaks and gear, a safety briefing, and be personally fitted to one of our touring kayaks, a life jacket and paddle. We will launch into a review of fundamentals and practice basic strokes before embarking as a group on an enjoyable trip to a wooded island for a relaxing lunch. We’ll paddle a bit more and enjoy the spectacular vistas of the lake and then wrap up our day. Family-friendly and suitable for all ages 7-plus. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $65 for adults and $45 for children. Register at

ACA Basic Swiftwater Rescue AUG. 7-8

The comprehensive 2-day ACA Level 4 Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course covers a wide range of topics that will help both recreational whitewater paddlers and professional rescuers learn the skills necessary to conduct and lead a rescue on moving water. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. We will also practice fundamental and more advanced techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments and pins. This course should be considered mandatory training for anyone who spends time in and around moving water. No previous rescue experience required. Cost is $175. Sign up at

Free Guided Hike and AT Cleanup at Watauga Lake AUG. 7

Let’s celebrate Appalachian Trail Vista Weekend with a cleanup hike on the AT overlooking beautiful Watauga Lake.

We will meet at Shook Branch Lake Access at 9 a.m. and get as much hiking in as we can with the goal of returning by noon. The focus of this out and back hike is stewardship of the trail, so mileage will depend on how much trash we encounter along the way. Trail is rated as easy. We will provide trash bags. Minimum age is 8.

Cost is free but we are limited to 15 hikers. Sign up at

Flatwater Kayak Instructional AUG. 7

Join one of our instructors for a half-day instructional paddle on the vibrant blue green waters of Watauga Lake. The Flatwater Kayak Instructional is a combination of on-land and on-water training. Your NOLI instructor will talk about boats, equipment, fundamentals, strokes, safety considerations and boat-handling techniques that will help both those with no experience who are interested in getting into the sport and more experienced paddlers interested in taking their paddling to the next level. Participants can either bring their own kayak and equipment or we can outfit you with one of our Wilderness Systems kayaks, paddles and PFDs for an additional $25 by selecting the “Kayak, PFD and Paddle Rental” option at checkout. Ages 10+. Cost is $75. Register at


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